St. Louis Cardinals: Six Things to Make or Break Their West Coast Road Trip

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St. Louis Cardinals: Six Things to Make or Break Their West Coast Road Trip
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Matt Holiday needs to find his consistency if the Cardinals are going to have a happy flight after their road trip.

The defending Major League Baseball World Champions will be taking a West Coast road trip that will make or break them, starting first for an odd two game set in San Francisco, followed by a tough three game series in Los Angeles that includes a Sunday night ESPN game with the Dodgers.

Yadier Molina's walk-off thriller against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday sent the St. Louis Cardinals out on a good note following the four-game losing streak that started when Atlanta came to town.

"To get a win like that is big for us," Molina said. "We never quit. We're going to battle. We're going to play hard the whole nine innings."

This may be just the kind of win the team needed to invigorate a positive attitude after the four-game slide.

But in looking to the future we examine six variables that could be crucial for this West Coast swing.

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