The St. Louis Cardinals are within only a small handful of games of clinching their third playoff berth in four years. While they have yet to officially clinch, it is still a good time to look at how a potential playoff roster might look for the 2012 Cardinals.
With that being said, the road to the end of the season has been a tough one for the defending world champions. Rookie manager Mike Matheny, left to fill the shoes of one of MLB’s all-time winningest managers, Tony La Russa, has not had it easy this year, but he’s managed to hold everything together.
Through injury after injury and slump after slump, the Cardinals have managed to push their way to within grasp of the playoffs again. Once they reach October, as Cardinals fans learned in 2011, anything can happen.
Despite the struggles, the Cardinals have many things to be thankful for going into the postseason—great starting pitching and an offense capable of being explosive.
The majority of the playoff roster is a done deal, but there could still be a few surprises.
As of press time, the Cardinals' lead for the second wild-card spot sits at four games thanks to the team’s ability to beat up on the weaker teams down the stretch. The last six games of the season, however, won’t be easy.
As October nears, here is a prediction for what the St. Louis Cardinals could look like during the postseason.