Cardinals fans may be experiencing a case of déjà vu.
With only 41 games left in the season, the Cardinals are on the outside of the playoffs looking in. But, it may not be as bad as last season.
For the second wild-card spot, the Cardinals are only 1.5 games back, with the Pittsburgh Pirates occupying the second spot and the San Francisco Giants only a half game back of them. The Redbirds are eight games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the division crown, and the Pirates are 6.5 games behind the Reds.
For the wild-card spot, the Cards need to leapfrog two teams, but being less than two games behind is a big help. But the wild card is their only option, as an eight-game swing in favor of the Cardinals may be a stretch for the Central title.
For the Cardinals to reach the wild-card game, and maybe even the division crown, they need their underachieving players to step up and carry the team. With production form these five players, a wild-card berth won't seem so far-fetched.