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I got laughed at last night when I was watching Game 5 last night with my roommate and told him to never count out the Cardinals, as it wouldn't be surprising to see them come back from their third-inning 6-0 deficit against the Washington Nationals.
Here's a quick recap of what has happened to the St. Louis Cardinals in the past thirteen months.
In September 2011, St. Louis trailed the Atlanta Braves by eight games for the NL wild-card spot. The Cards completed a magnificent September by overcoming the Braves on what was a crazy final day of major league baseball.
St. Louis then shocked the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLDS and division rival Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS to advance to the World Series.
They were down to their last strike in both the ninth and 10th innings of Game 6 of the World Series. Both times they rallied, scratching out a gut-wrenching 10-9 win in 11 innings. The Cards would then win Game 7 to take home the title.
This year, they snuck into the second wild-card spot. In fact, they would not have made the playoffs were it not for the implementation of this second wild-card slot. They won an intense Wild Card game in Atlanta to set up a date with the National League's best team in the regular season: the Washington Nationals.
Fast forward to last night. The two teams had split the first four games, and the Nationals held a commanding 6-0 at home in the third inning of a do-or-die Game 5. By the time the ninth came around, the lead had been cut to to 7-5, and the Cardinals were once again down to their last strike.
Guess what? St. Louis scored four runs in the ninth to take the lead and ultimately win the game and the series.