HOUSTON -- Because the Cardinals have so much on the line entering this week's series at Minute Maid Park -- St. Louis trailed Atlanta by one game in the National League Wild Card race -- Astros manager Brad Mills said he'll do some things differently than if he were playing a team not in contention. With so many rookies on the roster, Mills has been giving younger players longer looks all season, something he won't necessarily do as long as the Cardinals remain in contention. "You might be staying with some guys a little bit longer and you might want to see some guys get a few more at-bats if [the opposing team wasn't winning]," Mills said. "You want to try to win every game, don't get me wrong, whether they mean something or not.
"At the same time, we're still trying to find out about a lot of guys. Now, we might go with the hot hand a little bit more in these three games, things of that nature. We'll do more things matchup-wise, and because they're in our division, we've seen them a little bit more."