With the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres on the fringe of the playoff race, it's safe to say one of these teams will no longer be there when this three-game series concludes.
The visiting Padres are further back in the hunt for the second wild-card spot in the NL, but they may have a good chance to make up some ground starting Tuesday night considering their recent performances against Arizona.
San Diego (71-76) trails St. Louis by six games for the second berth while Arizona (72-74) is 4 1/2 behind the Cardinals. With a handful of teams in front of them, it is going to be difficult for the Padres or Diamondbacks to jump into playoff position, especially for the club that loses this series.
"You look (at the scoreboard), but just looking isn't going to help," outfielder Jason Kubel told the Diamondbacks' official website. "You have to worry about what's going on with you before you scoreboard watch and worry about what other people are doing. First thing is winning game...