ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Cardinals find themselves in familiar territory once again… In the hunt for a Red October.

With just a few weeks remaining left in the season, the Cardinals are making a push for their fourth straight postseason berth and a seventh trip to the postseason over the past decade.

It all comes during one of the team’s most storied campaigns in recent history. Whether it’s Albert Pujols reaching 700 career home runs, Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina setting MLB’s battery record, Paul Goldschmidt flirting with a Triple Crown or something else, the Cardinals are shaping up for a finish that could captivate millions of baseball fans in St. Louis and beyond.

Here’s where the Cardinals stand. On the final leg of an eight-game road trip, the Magic Number for a postseason spot stands at…

1

The nearest path to October runs through the NL Central. With seven games remaining, the St. Louis Cardinals carry an 90-65 record and lead by 7.5 games over the Milwaukee Brewers.

That said, the Cardinals clinched the NL Central with Tuesday’s win against the Brewers. While it would bring down the magic number to 1 on technicality, the Cardinals now hold the tiebreaker of head-to-head wins.

Here’s a look at how the Cardinals’ magic number has fared deeper into September….

  • Sept. 1: 26 (Cardinals: Off Day, Brewers: Loss)
  • Sept. 2: 24 (Cardinals: Win, Brewers: Loss)
  • Sept. 3: 23 (Cardinals: Win, Brewers: Win)
  • Sept. 4: 21 (Cardinals: Win, Brewers: Loss)
  • Sept. 5: 21 (Cardinals: Loss, Brewers: Win)
  • Sept. 6: 19 (Cardinals: Win, Brewers: Loss)
  • Sept. 7: 17 (Cardinals: Win, Brewers: Loss)
  • Sept. 8: 17 (Cardinals: Loss, Brewers: Win Doubleheader)
  • Sept. 9: 16 (Cardinals: Loss, Brewers: Loss)
  • Sept. 10: 15 (Cardinals: Win, Brewers: Win)
  • Sept. 11: 14 (Cardinals: Win, Brewers: Win)
  • Sept. 12: 14 (Cardinals: Off Day, Brewers: Off Day)
  • Sept. 13: 14 (Cardinals: Loss, Brewers: Win)
  • Sept. 14: 12 (Cardinals: Win, Brewers: Loss)
  • Sept. 15: 12 (Cardinals: Loss, Brewers: Off Day)
  • Sept. 16: 11 (Cardinals: Win, Brewers: Win)
  • Sept. 17: 9 (Cardinals: Win Doubleheader, Brewers: Win)
  • Sept. 18: 8 (Cardinals: Lose, Brewers: Lose)
  • Sept. 19: 7 (Cardinals: Off Day, Brewers: Lose)
  • Sept. 20: 6 (Cardinals: Lose, Brewers: Lose)
  • Sept. 21: 6 (Cardinals: Lose, Brewers: Win)
  • Sept. 22: 5 (Cardinals: Win, Brewers: Win)
  • Sept. 23: 4 (Cardinals: Win, Brewers: Win)
  • Sept. 24: 4 (Cardinals: Loss, Brewers: Win)
  • Sept. 25: 3 (Cardinals: Loss, Brewers: Loss)
  • Sept. 26: 3 (Cardinals: Off Day, Brewers: Off Day)
  • Sept. 27: 1 (Cardinals: Win, Brewers: Loss) NL Central clinched!

Entering the month, the Cardinals, Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs, two prominent baseball research websites, gave the Cardinals at least a 97% chance to make postseason and at least 91% chance to make it as the NL Central division winner.

Follow this story daily over the next few weeks for updates on the Cardinals’ magic number.