David Campbell – 23 Sports

The term “must win” is too lightly used. However, if the Cardinals wanted the easiest path to the postseason, this five game set against Milwaukee was a must win series.

While the Cardinals did not put in an overly unbelievable performance, they did just enough to clinch the second spot in the NL Central, and a date with the San Diego Padres in the NL Wild Card round.

Coming into the series, one player in particular wanted to play well. Veteran Catcher Yadier Molina was two hits shy of 2000 in his career. Luckily for Yadi and the Cards, that milestone came with a win. Molina had two hits in game one, erasing any pressure of not being able to reach the mark this season and St. Louis won the contest by a score of 4-2.

The redbirds took a bit of a hit the next day, falling 3-0 in game one of a Friday doubleheader. They managed five hits but were unable to piece together any runs. Jack Flaherty struggled in his final start of the season, which hopefully is not a sign of things to come.

However in the nightcap, the Cardinals offense exploded for nine runs with a six spot put up in a huge fifth inning. Behind a masterful performance by Daniel Ponce de Leon, the Cardinals won 9-1 to secure a split for the day.

With two games left in the series, the Cardinals had a win and get in approach. They only needed to win one. Unfortunately for them, it did not come on Saturday.

The Brewers turned to ace Brandon Woodruff and he was spectacular to give Milwaukee a victory and kept their playoff hopes alive. The Cardinals had Adam Wainwright on the bump and while he didn’t pitch terribly, St. Louis gave him no run support so Waino was left to try.

The Cardinals had to win on Sunday to avoid a trip to Detroit where they would have to make up some earlier games. If they won, the Cardinals were in.

With Austin Gomber and the rest of the Cardinals bullpen, they claimed victory over the Brew Crew and secured a playoff spot where they will face off against the San Diego Padres. 

Harrison Bader and Paul Goldschmidt carried the offense with the former hitting an absolute bomb of a home run all the way up in Big Mac Land.

St. Louis has made their way into the postseason for the second straight year and this time it’s strictly business. Last year they fell to eventual World Champion Washington Nationals. This time around the Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorite. Firstly however, the Cardinals have to get by the Padres in a three-game set starting Wednesday.

About Smith, Kayler (MU-Student)

View all posts by Smith, Kayler (MU-Student)