Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 8/20/13
Beginning on Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals will play a potentially season-defining stretch of 17 games in 18 days against other NL playoff contenders. For now, they'll happily welcome a few more against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cardinals look to continue their dominance of the NL Central's cellar dwellers with a sixth straight victory at Miller Park on Tuesday night. St. Louis (72-52) didn't fare well in its last critical stretch, going 4-11 in a two-week span against Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and the Los Angeles Dodgers before dropping two more at home against the Cubs. It's won six of its eight since, though, after Monday's 8-5 comeback victory at Milwaukee, where it'll face the Brewers (54-71) twice more before a stretch in which it plays four against the Braves and 13 more against the Pirates and Reds. St. Louis follows that gauntlet by playing its final 19 against sub-.500 teams, including six more against a Brewers team it certainly won't mind seeing again. Th...
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