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Morning Mound Visit: Cardinals clinch NL Wild Card with 17th-straight win

Devil magic; Captain going down; Phillies beef it

Milwaukee Brewers v St Louis Cardinals Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Zachary Silver | MLB.com: On September 11, the Cardinals were 71-69 and 3.5 games back of the second Wild Card. After a 17-game winning streak, the Cardinals have now clinched the NL Wild Card with time to spare.

Luke Hooper | FanGraphs: Brandon Belt suffered a broken thumb on Sunday and will miss the remainder of the regular season and could be out until the World Series if the Giants get that far. To get Brandon Belt on the field again, LaMonte Wade Jr. and Wilmer Flores will have to fill in for the Captain since Darin Ruf is also on the IL.

Ethan Witte | The Good Phight: In a must-win game, the Phillies did not win. After dropping Tuesday’s game against Atlanta 2-1, Philadelphia is now 3.5 games back with five left to play.

Quick Hits

The Mariners are now half a game back of the Red Sox in the AL Wild Card race.

The Astros brought their magic number down to one with shrimp.

The Dodgers won their 101st game to remain two games back of the Giants. Meanwhile, the Padres fell to 78-79.