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The Cardinals have won the second-most World Series titles in MLB history with 11 world championships. This is a ball club that is used to winning year in and year out.
The Cardinals won their most recent World Series in 2011 and were one win away from having the chance to defend their title last season.
The Cardinals' clubhouse is filled with guys who have at least one World Series ring and a lot of those players have been in do-or-die situations down the stretch before, so know what it takes to win tight games.
While Pittsburgh is having a great season, it hasn't been able to post a record of .500 or better since 1992. The Pirates have stumbled as of late and now is the time to see how Pittsburgh responds to adversity. They will meet the Cardinals on Friday for a three-game set and meet up again with the Cards on Sept. 6.
Cincinnati has been to the postseason in two of the past three seasons, but hasn't been able to get past the first round. While the Reds have more experience than the Pirates, they still don't match up with what the Cardinals have to offer.
Winning is something that every professional athlete yearns to drink in, and the Cardinals have gotten to taste champagne quite often over the past few years.