Colby Rasmus belted a pair of homers and Adam Wainwright (18-10) pitched eight innings for the win as the visiting Cardinals beat the Braves 11-4 Thursday night at Turner Field.
Beerleaguer: Nobody expected the Phillies to spend a full 100 days chasing the Braves, but many thought they would be fending off a strong Atlanta threat. Forget how they arrived at this point. The Phils are right where they were they were projected to be. They have the best record in the league (81-60, .574), and would appear to be on a collision course with a World Series rematch with either the Yankees (87-53, .621) or Rays (84-65, .604). On tap: a control-your-own-destiny, seven-series slate against the National League East, including six head-to-head opportunities with the Braves. Assuming they reach the postseason, none of their opponents will be as seasoned. As as we pointed out yesterday, they could chose their NLDS schedule if they hold on to the top mark in the league, which means they could throw Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt on regular rest. (Heck, they could even receive a favorable TV time slot for once if the rest of the smaller-market contenders hold their ground.)