— The Cardinals won on Wednesday night, giving them the sole lead for the second wild card spot over the Pittsburgh Pirates. They will try to sweep the Houston Astros on Thursday afternoon.

— Kyle Lohse continues his splendid season, as he went seven strong innings on Wednesday. You never hear his name, but I honestly think he should be in the running for Cy Young as much as anyone else. He is putting together quite the second half as he was won seven straight decisions. Joe Strauss asks the question, is he too pricy to bring back?

— Jeniffer Langosch reports that Carlos Beltran’s hand is feeling better.

Stay tuned for all news and notes regarding Thursday’s game.