GARY — The RailCats are in the last fifth of their season and entered Wednesday's game with a different view than they had a week ago.
Last week on Wednesday, the 'Cats traded all-star Charle Rosario to Winnipeg for this Wednesday's starter Daniel Minor and four players to be named. In that trade, the RailCats will also lose a player to be named, but that player was a little dependent on how the team performed after the trade.
Six straight wins makes the outlook a little different.
The 'Cats hadn't lost since trading Rosario and earned at least a win in its second straight series taking Game 2 of 3 from Sioux Falls 2-1 on Wednesday.
"I've been asked if we still would have made the trade knowing we'd be in the position today, and yes, we'd have still made the trade," RaiCats manager Greg Tagert said. "We'd have still made the trade if we were a a game out. As I've said, because this might be Charle's last year."
Game three of the series is today at U.S. Steel Yard, and the 'Cats face the sub-.500 Canaries one more time this season: a four-game series in Sioux Falls from Aug. 28-31.
The RailCats also face only two more teams in their final 19 games — Lincoln and Kansas City — in home-and-home series.
Lincoln leads the American Association's Central Division and before Wednesday's schedule of games had a 4 1/2-game lead over the RailCats, who were 1 1/2 games behind K.C. for the wild card slot.
"You're playing the teams that are right ahead of you, so the old cliche that you control your own destiny, well so do the T-Bones and Saltdogs," Tagert said.
The RailCats play eight more games at home, where they hold a 25-21 record through 81 games. Their road record of 21-14 will be tested with 11 of their final 18 games on the road.
Tagert said his coaching staff has discussed the question of seeking a left-handed arm for the pen if a run is made toward the postseason. The signing deadline is Aug. 25.
"Do we go out and try to find someone, and our biggest concern right now is (an injury to) Randy Santiesteban, who has been our biggest producer over the last three weeks," Tagert said. "The depth of this ballclub has been so good to us, and that's part of the reason we've been in it."