If you asked anyone, some weeks ago, if St. Louis Cardinals had any chances for the Major League Baseball playoffs, the answer would be not, neither for the Wild Card.
But now, with only six remaining games, the situation is too different from the month beginning. On September 10, the Cardinals had a 4 – 2 loss against Cincinnati Reds and was in third place from Central National League, with 71 wins, 69 losses, and 507 winning percentage.
After seventeen days, St. Louis is in second place from the division and increased their numbers for 87 victories, 69 losses, and 558 winning percentage. If the team can’t reach the Brewers, the division champion, they can go to the Wild Card.
According to MLB stats, the Cardinals are the first National League team to win 16 streak games since the New York Giants, in 1951. This is the longest winning streak in franchise history. Before that, the record was in 1935, with 14 wins.
In the last 16 matches, St. Louis scored 109 runs, resulting in almost seven per game, and had 51 against, averaging 3,1 per game. The winnings were against Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers, and Chicago Cubs.
Because of the excellent winning streak, the team will probably clinch a spot in the Wild Card in the following two matches, even if they don’t win. But if they defeat the Brewers, in Milwaukee, on Tuesday 28, it can be enough to clinch it. According to Bovada, Milwaukee Brewers is the favorite for the win, with -118 odds.
But after the is streak and probably the Wild Card spot, is it possible to dream about a win facing the favorites Dodgers or Giants in the Wild Card? How is the run for any position at the playoffs this year?
The best team in the National League is between the Giants, with 102 wins and 54 losses, and LA Dodgers, with 100 victories and 56 defeats, both in the NL West. Who gets the first place from the division will go straight to the playoffs and skip the Wild Card.
And the second-placed from this division will play the Wild Card at home, probably against St. Louis. Milwaukee already has the Division title and the advantage to play one more game at home in the semi-finals.
The run for the NL East title has been catching on fire since the first-places, Atlanta Braves has 83 wins and 72 losses, and Philadelphia Phillies has 81 wins and 75 losses. Here is win or go home. The division Champion will face the Brewers at the semi-finals of the playoffs.