Just for fun...
35 games left in the season for us.
We play .500 ball and go 18-17, we finish at 91-71.
Cards would have to go 23-15 to tie.
If we keep up with our current winning percentage (.575) and go 20-15 we finish at 93-69.
Cards would have to go 25-13 to tie.
And finally if you take our records how weve done against the teams we have left to play on our schedule it would go like this...
3 games vs cubs (we are 11-2 against them) so ill go with 2-1 (even though weve swept the last 2 series vs them).
9 vs the Brewers (we are 4-1 against them) so approx 7-2.
3 vs the Cards (we are 5-10 against them) so 1-2.
4 against Colorado (we are 2-1 against them) so 3-1. (since I didnt give us the ben of the doubt in the Cubs series)
3 against Pirates (who we are 8-5 against) so 2-1.
4 against Arizona (who we are 1.000 perncent against) so 4-0.
6 against Houston (who we are 7-1 against) so 5-1.
3 against SD (who we are 1-2 against) so 1-2.
So that would put us at 25-10 and finishing at 98-64.
Cards would have to go 30-8 to tie.
Now that last one obviously seems a tad bit optimistic, but really all we would have to do is play the same way against these teams that we have been all year. I think it just shows we dont have to play amazing to make the playoffs, we just have to keep playing like we have all year and maybe even a little less would kill us and we have a good shot to make the playoffs.