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Don’t read the Cardinals last rites just yet

Sep 13, 2012, 10:04 AM EDT

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I know the Cardinals are crumbling like a cookie right now, but there is hope in store. The upcoming schedule:

Four games against the equally crumbling Dodgers;

  • Three games against the Houston LoLStros;
  • Three games against the Chicago Cubs; and
  • Three more games against the LoLStros again.

Yes, they end against the Nationals and the Reds,* but both of those teams will have long since clinched by then and should be resting starters.

The Phillies and Brewers can charge all they want, but I think the Cardinals still have a great shot.

*I originally omitted the Reds from the Cardinals schedule. I’m sure they would like to do that too, but alas, they have to play the games.

  1. delawarephilliesfan - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Craig, it is the Phillies who end with the Nationals, and there resting Starters.

    And lest we forget, the Phils play also 4 against the LoL Stros, and the sleep walking Fish. And the Mets.

  2. natslady - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    That would be interesting, since the Nats end against the Fillies. Actually, the Cards end against the Reds–who also could be resting starters, though, so doesn’t invalidate your point.

  3. ajcardsfan - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    I still think the Astros are just trolling everybody, and are going to end up screwing over every team from now until playoff time. That may not actually be the case, but I think it would be a hilarious way for them to give the middle finger salute to the NL.

    • chill1184 - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      That would be rather amusing.

    • chumthumper - Sep 14, 2012 at 9:38 AM

      I don’t care what they say; Clemons is waiting in the wings and then the Astros will make their move.
      (posted entirely in sarcasm font)

  4. natslady - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Nats end out against WC contenders (all teams over .500)–@ATL(3) , Dodgers(3) , Brewers (4), @Fillies (3), @Cards(3), Fillies(3).

    • delawarephilliesfan - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      In 2007, when the Phillies were making a historic run against the Mets, the Nats ended there season series with Phillies-Mets-Phillies. The Nats were 2-5 against the Phillies and 3-0 against the Mets, and the Phillies went from 2 1/2 games back to win the division by a game

      This year the Nats end with Phillies-Cards-Phillies……a repeat in the making?

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      Good for them.

  5. philsgamer - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    I’m under the impression that Craig thinks that if he repeats that the Cardinals are still in good shape and that he thinks they will hold onto the second WC spot enough times that it will come to fruition.

    In actuality, it’s probably that he is afraid of having his stumbling Bravos play a 1 game playoff against one of the two surging teams vying for that final WC spot.

  6. liamj55 - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Sniff, Sniff. I smell fear your fear Craig. You do not want your precious Bravos matching up with the Fightin’s for that first wild card game.

  7. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Keep in mind also that the Reds and Nationals will be battling for the top record, so they may not be resting their starters all that much the last week. Especially now that teams in the same division can play against each other in the NLDS. The NL’s best record will definitely have an advantage because they will play the Wild Card winner. Unless you think the Wild Card winner will be a worse match-up than the Giants?

    • natstowngreg - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      Right now, I’d be concerned about the Nats hosting the Brewers or Phillies in the division round. I rather suspect Reds fans would be concerned about hosting either as well.

      The Nats’ chances of resting starters may be pretty limited because they’re right smack dab in the middle of the race for the National League Death Match(tm). The Nats will play 4 of the 5 wild card contenders (except the Pirates). @Braves, Dodgers, Brewers, @Phillies, @Cards, Phillies.

      • delawarephilliesfan - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:31 PM

        “The Nats will play 4 of the 5 wild card contenders (except the Pirates)”

        Uhhhhh……Pirates? Contender?

        May as well include D’Backs then, who are just 4 out.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:45 PM

        The Phillies are 5-10 against both the Braves and Mutts…for some reason, they just didn’t get up for those two. Hopefully they have seen the light and they wake up.

        They are 7-5 against the Nats, so they seem to be playing well against them this year without much incentive.

        Fill in the blank…I couldn’t think of anyone right now…

        “A la Major League…Uncle Charlie brought out the full-sized picture of a topless bikini-clad _________ a pulled off a piece for every win to motivate the team”

      • CJ - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        Cholly probably put up a bikini clad photo of himself and said he’d put ON a piece of clothing for every win to motivate them.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 13, 2012 at 3:04 PM

        — Technically, the Pirates are contenders. True, that may not last much longer. Include the D-backs? Sure, why not? The more the merrier. The Nats don’t play them again, though.

        — The Nats are 10-5 against the Braves. They also helped the Braves collapse last September. Thus, I suppose we Nats fans should hope that the Braves get in. Except that the Braves seem more resilient than they did last September (despite their losses in Milwaukee), so nothing should be assumed.

        — Bikini-clad Cholly? Disturbing. But I agree it would be a powerful incentive to win.

  8. theawesomersfranchise - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Don’t you mean…Crumbling like a Drakes Coffee Cake Craig?

  9. paperlions - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    As a Cardinal fan, they sure feel dead. They’ve felt that way most of the season.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      I second that Paper. They seem to have ZERO fire. All season. Zero fire.

    • gostlcards5 - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      Amen to that.

      • okwhitefalcon - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:51 PM

        Unfortunately it seems as though they’ve taken upon the personality of their front office and ownership.

        Dull and duller.

  10. delsj - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Can the team with the best record play the WC winner in the divisional round if they are both in the same division or did that rule go away with the 2 WCs this year?

    • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:01 PM

      Rule went away. Wash can play either Phillies/Braves. Reds can play Cards. Also, just for this year, lower seed gets first two games at home in NLDS and then the higher seed gets 3 at home.

  11. Florio_Jr. - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Good thing you’re the boss, Craig. Pouliot wouldn’t allow you to post this blog otherwise.

  12. polnika - Sep 13, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    As bad as the Cubs have been this year…they won 4 of the 6 games played at home against the Cards…and as of today they have been playing a lot better…so the Cards
    could have their hands full with the Cubs….Cubs would like nothing better than to sweep the Cards….the Cards last 3 games are with the Nats. who have the best record in baseball……their Home/Away games are pretty much the same…Home or Away…they have the same.record…….

  13. schmedley69 - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Craig is in denial. He can’t believe that the Phillies are actually pulling this off and will more than likely knock off the Braves in the 1-game playoff.

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