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Cardinals’ latest win set franchise mark that hadn’t happened since 2001

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No team in MLB is as hot as the St. Louis Cardinals are entering the final two weeks of the season.

The Cardinals have won 11 straight and currently lead the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies by four games for the final wild-card spot in the National League.

Per ESPN, this is the longest win streak for the Cardinals since 2001, and they are certainly living in the moment as they make their push.

“Coming into this month, we obviously knew what was in front of us, but we still believed — and always have believed — that everything is in our hands,” said centerfielder Harrison Bader, who went 3-for-5 with an RBI in the win. “And the only way to really deliver on that is to just keep the power within ourselves, and just keep pushing the tempo and staying aggressive. We’ve done a really good on all sides of the ball of doing that.”

Cardinals manager Mike Schildt has seen a philosophy change from his players as well in the last month.

“One of the best things this team does is keep it present. Keep it in the present and just play,” said Schildt, whose club was 8½ games out of a wild-card spot on Aug. 10 before surging. “Just get after it.”

If the playoffs started on Thursday, the Cardinals would be playing the Los Angeles Dodgers in a one game, winner-take-all scenario. First, they’ll have to hold off the Reds, Phillies and San Diego Padres in the last two weeks.