Re: Remaining games, Who does the schedule favor: Reds or Cards?
Either team is capable of doing something really good or really bad. I don't think you can discount any possibility of the Cardinals playing better against the Pirates and Cubs anymore than you can say the Reds will continue to play their usual early season way against the Brewers.
That said, the Cardinals need a near complete win on out to have a "miraculous" chance to make the playoffs. Winning their final 14 games will give them 91 wins. It's possible I guess but not likely. That would mean the remaining 12 games by the Reds would need to be 7 - 5 for just a tie. That seems more reasonable to believe than a 14 - 0 run.
Even if the Reds lost their last 12 games, the Cardinals would need to finish 7 - 7 for a tie. Given recent events, 7 - 7 would be more much more likely than a 12 game dive.