October 16, 2011: Cardinals win the National League championship

The St. Louis Cardinals weren’t supposed to be here. Not after Adam Wainwright went down with a season-ending injury in spring training. Not after they fell 10 games behind the Brewers in the National League Central Division and 10 ½ games behind the Braves in the wild card standings on August 24. Yet somehow, theyContinue reading “October 16, 2011: Cardinals win the National League championship”

October 14, 2011: Cardinals capitalize on Brewers’ errors to win NLCS Game 5

It’s an old baseball axiom that pitching and defense win championships. The Cardinals certainly used that formula to beat the Brewers 7-1 in Game 5 of the 2011 NLCS. With the series tied 2-2, the Cardinals pounced on four Brewers errors and once again relied upon a bullpen that had allowed just four earned runsContinue reading “October 14, 2011: Cardinals capitalize on Brewers’ errors to win NLCS Game 5”

October 12, 2011: Cardinals’ bullpen stars in NLCS Game 3 win

Early in the 2011 season, a five-inning start from Chris Carpenter wouldn’t have been enough for the Cardinals and their beleaguered bullpen. By October, however, the Cardinals’ once-shaky bullpen had become key to their success, as evidenced by the four innings of scoreless relief provided by Fernando Salas, Lance Lynn, Marc Rzepczynski, and Jason MotteContinue reading “October 12, 2011: Cardinals’ bullpen stars in NLCS Game 3 win”

June 4-5, 2011: Pujols hits back-to-back walk-off home runs against the Cubs

Heading into the Cardinals’ three-game, early-June series against the Chicago Cubs, Albert Pujols was experiencing a power outage. By the time the Cardinals left Busch Stadium with three victories – including back-to-back walk-off home runs – he had reminded everyone once again why Tony La Russa considered Pujols to be the greatest player he hadContinue reading “June 4-5, 2011: Pujols hits back-to-back walk-off home runs against the Cubs”