As the season nears its end, the St. Louis Cardinals are making the final push to make their way into the playoffs via the new second Wild Card position.
While the position might not be their preferred way of entering the playoffs, with the Cincinnati Reds having clinched it's the only remaining option—and certain things need to happen for the Cardinals to seize the opportunity.
Throughout the season, players have stepped up at the right times and kept the Cardinals in the hunt. At this point it's going to take more than that.
If the Cardinals plan to push deep into October, several key players need to step up for the occasion.
Following is a list of the players who will be under the most pressure to come through down the stretch.