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Cardinals vs. Nationals: 4 Pleasant Surprises for the Cardinals in the NLDS
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While the National League Division Series still is underway, the St. Louis Cardinals have a lot to be thankful for.

Production from the big bats in a lineup always is a must in the postseason, but it takes more than that to get big wins.

The real key lies in everyday players. Those players who put up decent numbers in the regular season, but don’t exactly set the world on fire, can carry a team such as the Cardinals deep into October.

David Freese’s stellar postseason performance in 2011 is a prime example. Sure, he had been good with the bat and average defensively in the regular season, but when October rolled around it was like a switch turned on and things began to click for him.

Follow the link to see a few of the Cardinals more pleasant surprises as they begin their tour of the 2012 MLB postseason.

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