A lot has happened for the St. Louis Cardinals since the beginning of the 2013 season. They have had their share of injuries and struggles from key players. They have also had great seasons from key players like starting pitcher Adam Wainwright. Through all of the ups and downs the Cards don’t have to have the best record in Major League Baseball by five games to be the best all-around team. I think they are that team.
Whether or not the Cardinals end the season with the best record is irrelevant in all honesty. The main factor will be how they play the rest of the season to guarantee themselves a shot at the World Series. Assuming they get to that point, what matters is how good of an all-around team they are. I believe being as good as they are will come in very handy at that time.
They just go out and play hard and win games. Sometimes it is a walk-off hit or homer and other times it is a shut down pitching performance. On Sunday the big play was a leaping, game-saving catch at the wall with the tying and go-ahead runs on base. That kind of clutch play when it counts the most is why this team is going to be very hard to move from the first place position.
I believe the Pittsburgh Pirates can do it but they certainly will have to up their game to the level of the Cardinals to be able to move them and keep them out of first. The Cardinals are that kind of team that will keep on coming relentlessly until finally they take the win in the end by any means that was necessary. They are one of the best and by season’s end might prove to be the absolute best.