St. Louis Cardinals: Why They'll Get Bounced Early Even If They Make Playoffs

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St. Louis Cardinals: Why They'll Get Bounced Early Even If They Make Playoffs
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Like David Descalso bouncing up in the air, the Cardinals will get bounced early from the postseason.

These St. Louis Cardinals are not quite your Cardinals of yesteryear.

Yesteryear being the 2011 version that overcame an immense deficit in the division to make the postseason and eventually win the World Series.

The 2012 Cardinals currently hold the second wild card spot behind the Braves and sit four-and-a-half games ahead of the Brewers and Dodgers with seven games remaining.

They thrive off the strength of its No. 2-ranked offense and an underappreciated top-six pitching staff. Five batters have at least 20 home runs and 70 RBI. Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday and Allen Craig headline that group.

Four starters have 13-plus wins and essentially a sub-4.00 ERA. Second-year pitcher Lance Lynn ranks fourth in the NL with 17 victories.

And closer Jason Motte has absolutely stonewalled opposing bats despite a couple blown saves earlier in the month.

Yet, even if St. Louis makes the postseason after a brutal six-game stretch against the first-place Nationals and Reds, its playoff experience will be short lived.

Let’s pinpoint the three reasons why the Cardinals will get bounced early in October baseball against the Atlanta Braves.

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