The 2011 didn't clinch a playoff berth until the final day of the season, which ended up paving the way for a World Series championship. The 2012 Cardinals didn't wait until Game 162. Instead, they clinched their wild-card berth after 161 games -- in backdoor fashion, due to losing and then having the Dodgers lose late Tuesday night. Still, getting in is all that counts.
Let us take a look at the Redbirds' trip to this postseason.
As mentioned above, the Cardinals won the World Series last year. In fact, the Cardinals boast the second-most prolific history in baseball, after the , obviously. St. Louis has 11 Worlenko is facing a spell on the sidelines after having knee surgery.The 22-year-old Ukraine left-back, who has played seven times for City this season, has had treatment in Spain.It is another blow for City, who are already without centre-back Aymeric d Series titles, 18 National League pennants, 10 division titles and now three wild-card berths. Two of their last three trips to the postseason ended with championships.
It ended in a festive parade.
ciates the freedom manager Sean Dyche has granted him.Dyche recently claimed McNeil, who has three goals to his name, will "outgrow" the club and revealed he is wary of "over-coaching" him."The gaffer will let me figure it out on my own, which I thinIt's a very similar roster to last season, so the Cardinals bring plenty of playoff experience. is new to this roster, but he has 22 playoff games under his belt. There are some newbies like , , and , but most of the locker room will have a familiar feel with the playoff atmosphere.
One gigantic item of note, however, is that manager Mike Matheny is a night-and-day contrast to 2011 manager Tony La Russa in the playoff experience department. This is Matheny's first year as a manager while La Russa won six pennants and three World Series in his career.
The Cardinals head to for the wild-card game Friday against the Braves.
Considering the Cardinals enter the playoffs as the worst NL team and will square off against (and a devastatingly dominant back-end of the bullpen), the odds say the Cardinals are one game and done. Then again, the odds said laeek.Mundo Deportivo says Barca are anxiously seeking to offload players from their overloaded midfield, with England the best route.Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Rafinha are all up for sale, as is Philippe Coutinho, though his agent Kia Joorabchian st year the Cardinals would lose in the first round to the 102-win, multiple-aced . Anything can happen in October, especially in just one game.
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