Remember when Carlos Beltran nearly singlehandedly beat the MV3? Yeah…
I agree that having a player or two go crazy at the right time can make a huge difference. This team’s strength in the second half has been that various guys have taken turns playing well, but rarely more than one or two at a time. The Cards may very well be the second best team in the NL *if* they play smart, fundamental baseball. I could see anything from a World Series berth to a NLDS sweep loss for this team. Hopefully much closer to the former than the ladder! It’s good to have October baseball to look forward to, though.
On the negative side, the Cardinals have the second worst record of the 10 post season teams. On the plus side, as was pointed out they are a better team today than they were during much of the time spent compiling that record.
I think they can get past Atlanta, especially if they get the first one. You would then have the potential of throwing Flaherty twice in four games and being up a game at that.
May not happen, and regardless I think LA and Houston are your World Series teams. But there is a reason they play the games.
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