Cardinals manager Tony La Russa on his club doing their best impersonation of the '64 Phillies:
"Just recognize that's the reality of our pennant race and we kept busting our ass. In the end, our ass gets busted. I like a lot of things I see except the score."
And, in all likelihood, the standings.
Five games to go in the season. Reds still not eliminated from postseason consideration.
The Astros, meanwhile, are on the brink of achieving what was once seemingly impossible.
NL Central standings
Astros 79-78 1.5
Reds 78-79 2.5