The Cardinals were a game away from making back-to-back World Series appearances last season, when the San Francisco Giants made an improbable comeback after trailing three games to one in the NLCS.
This season, the Cardinals are looking to atone for their shortcomings of a season ago and get back to the Fall Classic.
Pitching has been the key to the Cardinals' success, especially early in the season. Based on some unreliability as of late from Lance Lynn and the rotating fifth starter spot, I think the Cardinals will elect to go with a three-man rotation in the postseason versus the four-man rotation some teams choose to go with.
Now they just need to get the NL Central locked up so they can avoid the one-game playoff with the other Wild Card team, which in turn could throw a wrinkle into the rotation in the event they advance for further playoff action.
Here is my prediction for their starting rotation for the playoffs.