Friday -- Cardinals 7, D-backs 6 (10); Peralta drives in winning run. Saturday -- D-backs 5, Cardinals 2; Trumbo homers twice to subdue St. Louis. Sunday -- RHP Josh Collmenter (11-8, 3.57) vs. RHP Adam Wainwright (20-9, 2.38), 12:30 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona.
Josh stakes claim
After starting the season in the bullpen, Josh Collmenter (11-8) will finish not only as the D-backs' wins leader but also ranked among the top dozen in the National League in WHIP -- walks and hits per nine innings -- at 1.16 entering his final start on Sunday. The Dodgers' Zack Greinke also is at 1.16. Collmenter seems to have taken a giant step toward claiming a spot in the 2015 starting rotation.
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No. 1 pick coming
The D-backs will have the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft even if they sweep St. Louis this weekend. The D-backs (63-96) trail Texas (66-93) by three games for the worst record in the majors, and they would "win" a tiebreaker because the Rangers had the better record in 2013. The D-backs made Justin Upton the first overall pick in 2005, the only other time they had the top pick.
Rookie of the year
Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton and Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom are the top contenders for the NL Rookie of the Year award. Hamilton's 3.3 WAR as figured by FanGraphs is slightly better than the 2.8 posted by D-backs outfielder Ender Inciarte. WAR combines both offense and defense, and also considers games played, which works in Hamilton's favor.
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Reason to finish strong
St. Louis last week clinched a playoff berth for the fourth season in a row and the 11th time this millennium. But the Cardinals are not done yet. They lead Pittsburgh by one game in the NL Central entering the final weekend and that is where they would like to stay. The division winner advances to the best-of-five NLDS. Second place faces a one-game playoff against San Francisco.