How the St. Louis Cardinals Match Up Against Every Potential NL Playoff Team

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How the St. Louis Cardinals Match Up Against Every Potential NL Playoff Team
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The St. Louis Cardinals have had a successful 2013 so far, and they are a team that knows success in the playoffs.

Looking towards October, what are their chances of earning trophy No. 12? Well, first they have to get through some pretty scary NL opponents.

This article breaks down the potential playoff matchups between the Cardinals and every NL team currently holding a contending spot, analyzing batting and pitching to determine what team ultimately has the upper hand. 

But before diving in, here are some things to consider:

  • The Cardinals' playoff rotation is still up in the air.
  • Allen Craig may or may not make a return before the end of the year, as per The Associated Press (via ESPN).
  • The Cardinals in general are a very experienced team.
  • They can grind at-bats under pressure with the best of them.
  • Their young arms, on the other hand, may grow tired in these last couple months.

Without further ado, read on to see which team poses the biggest threat.

*All statistics are current on baseball-reference.com as of September 11, 2013.*

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