With a loss to the Reds, the Pirates have solidified the Cardinals’ division victory this afternoon.

The Reds beat the Pirates 4-1 just before Adam Wainwright took the mound to face Arizona in what could very well be the Cards’ 90th win of the season. After trailing Milwaukee the vast majority of the year, the Cardinals can breathe a sigh of relief and play their only “meaningless game” this afternoon against the D-backs.

Although fans would prefer for the Redbirds to win on their own accord, an enormous burdon has been lifted from St. Louis. Without the one game playoff, the Cards can prepare for what will certainly be an explosive series against the Dodgers.

It has truly been a spectacular season. But the drama has only just begun.