Ben Fred Friday talks about postseason play for the Cardinals. Things are about to get interesting in these next few weeks with the Brewers and Cubs in a tie for second place in the Central Division. Comparatively, the Cardinals remaining schedule is tougher that those two teams so what are they keys to holding on the lead? Can the Redbirds capitalize on the injuries and drama that have plagued the Cubs?

The Colorado games brought fear for fans as the bats fell silent during the first two games. Questions arise about Jose Martinez’s place on the team moving forward. The same questions have lingered all season for Matt Carpenter.

Maybe not a sweep but a series win is in the cards against the Brewers this weekend, according to Ben Fred. We talk about Wainwright’s spot in the rotation and how that translates to the postseason. Having him start at home is a must. How does Mikolas fare moving forward as well? And do they worry about a fifth starter?

Jack Flaherty has been the best pitcher in baseball since the All-Star break. Some people are comparing his numbers to Bob Gibson. Ben Fred tells us that a lot of it is due to losing his friend Tyler Skaggs and dedicating his season to the loss of his good friend.

Missouri Tigers football plays SEMO this Saturday in what could be a cake-walk if the team plays to their potential. What is there to fix according to Ben Fred? What will the rest of the season look like?

Blues practice starts this weekend and nonexistent off-season is almost over. Most of the same players are back this year sans Pat Maroon so what will look different for them?

All that and more from Ben Frederickson of the Post Dispatch: