Cardinals Vs. Astros, NL Wild Card Preview: Time, TV Schedule And More

Allen Craig of the St. Louis Cardinals receives congratulations from Yadier Molinaafter hitting a three run home run in the eighth inning scoring Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman at Minute Maid Park on September 27, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

St. Louis has already made an improbable comeback to tie Atlanta in the NL Wild Card race. Can the Cardinals push past the regular season?

The St. Louis Cardinals have clawed back to a tie with the Atlanta Braves for the NL Wild Card. Will the Cards be able to win the Wild Card race outright (or, at least, set up a one-game playoff) with a win over the moribund Houston Astros on Wednesday?

St. Louis will have veteran Chris Carpenter on the hill, while Houston counters with Brett Myers. Carpenter no longer has the form that made him a Cy Young winner in 2009, but he should be more than enough to shut down a woeful Astros lineup that is led by Carlos Lee in both batting average (.277) and homers (18).

Then again, Houston did squeak by the Cardinals on Monday.

Game date, time: 8:05 p.m. ET, Wednesday, September 29, 2011

Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas

TV channel: Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports Houston

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos and Astros blog Crawfish Boxes. Check out Baseball Nation's AL Wild Card race and NL Wild Card race StoryStreams from Tuesday for more.

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