The St. Louis Cardinals are hoping to become the third playoff-bound club to celebrate against the Chicago Cubs in less than a week.
Having already secured a third consecutive trip to the postseason, the Cardinals look to wrap up their first NL Central title in four years Friday night when they host their division rivals.
St. Louis (94-65) was off Thursday, a day after locking up at least a tie for the division crown with a 4-1 victory over Washington.
The Cardinals, a season-high 29 games above .500, can clinch their first Central title since 2009 with one victory in this three-game set or one loss by Pittsburgh in its series at Cincinnati this weekend. They're also battling Atlanta for the league's best record and home-field advantage through the NL playoffs.
"It feels like we're in a fight," manager Mike Matheny told the MLB's official website. "We show up here every day excited and anxious. Can't wait to get out here and watch our guys do t...