Reds play three with Cubs, two night games and an afternoon game on Thursday to complete the season series. Reds are 9-4 against Cubs this year based on my review of the schedule, hope I didn't miss anything. Games are at Wrigley where Cubs are 36-36 this season. Cubs with 7-3 record in last ten games. Bailey v. Germano, Leake v. Rusin, Cueto v. Berken. Cueto moved up in rotation to split Cueto/Latos duo. Cubs starters in this series are combined 3-10 with ERAs of 5.60, 5.06, 7.20, all small samples. Reds magic number 5.
Cards return home from west coast to face the Astros. Two night games, then Thursday afternoon. Lohse v. Abad, Lynn v. Harrell, Garcia v. Norris. Stros coming off highlight series of the season, beating Phils three of four. Stros 6-4 over last ten games, but 16-56 on the road and overall RS/RA of -206. Cards one up over LA for last wild card spot.
Nats lead Reds by 1.5 games for best NL record, have one more win than Cincy and two fewer losses. Nats now lead Braves by 5 games for NL East Championship after weekend Braves sweep, Nats with 16 games to go and Bravos with 14. Nats, with tough late schedule, face Dodgers for three in DC. Zimmermann v. Harang, Lannan v. Beckett, Detwiler v. Capuano, all night games.
Phils continue at CitiField after win over Dickey last night. Brewers play three at Pittsburgh Tues-Thurs, beginning tonight with Gallardo v. Burnett matchup of 15 game winners.