Magic Number: 27Last night, the Chicago Cubs feasted upon the Pittsburgh Pirates, 12-3. The Milwaukee Brewers did not play, so the Magic Number only dropped to 27. I know it's still August, but over the next few days, teams will start to be eliminated from contention. The Washington Nationals most likely will be the first to schedule October golf outings. Their elimination number for the National League Wild Card is two, which means any combination of Brewers wins and Nationals losses will send them packing.
Starting tonight, the Brewers have a short two-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Though not a long series, this is a perfect opportunity for the Brewers to start pulling away with the National League Wild Card spot. If the Brewers stumble, and the Cubs continue to pound the Pirates, Chicago could inch closer to a division title.