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A very talented team that knows how to win in spite of adversity. The concerns? An injury-prone rotation and an offense capable of lacking power (though Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty getting it done over the course of a full season helps cover up that issue).
They're 15-16 since the beginning of September. We'll see if they can flip the proverbial switch now. Adam Wainwright as an X-factor weapon in October is a great storyline.
I must be fair. I've made several jokes about Cardinals fans emailing me the past few weeks, but the response last week was overwhelming agreement that (at the time) the Cubs were simply a better team. Sure, there were a few people who waited a few days and then went nuts, but that's to be expected. The majority of responses were very nice and reasonable.
Can they flip a switch for the playoffs? Absolutely. We've seen them do it before and October's a different animal than the regular season. The only NL team to knock them out of the postseason in the last four tries isn't going to be there this time around, either.
They've lost eight of their last 12 and these are the subjective power rankings, not the standings. Are they actually a better team than the Blue Jays or Pirates right now? On the flip-side, the Cardinals are starting to get healthier on offense and there's time to turn things around. Maybe this moderate two-game winning streak is the start. I won't be surprised if they are back at their customary top spot next week.
Seriously, though, 17 of their remaining 24 games come against the Reds, Brewers and Braves. They'll cruise to this division title.
They "only" won 90 games last year. They're already up to 86 this season with 30 remaining. The franchise record for wins (106) is in play.
It's likely more annoying for the Pirates and Cubs, but the Cardinals would have the division sealed if they played in any of the Wests or Easts. The only teams within 10 games of them are the Royals, Pirates and Cubs.
On a scale of 1 (no chance anyone catches them) to 10 (on my gosh, they won't win the division for sure), where do you think Cardinals fans are now with the five-game lead? My guess is 1, but they should be around a 3 or maybe even 4.
Remember when Matt Carpenter forgot how to hit for a while? From June 5-July 26 he hit .171/.299/.240. Remember? Yeah, well he's back to crushing baseballs, hitting .358/.443/.887(!) with seven doubles and seven homers since. Beware, rest of baseball.
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