Mathematically it was to their advantage. Rather than playing the Arizona Diamondbacks for the first round, they'll be facing the Red Birds, who have a worse record, but the Cardinals might be the last team they wanted to face.
The Cardinals were miffed that they were getting written off earlier. After blowing a big ninth-inning lead dropped them two games behind the Braves, manager Tony LaRussa said, "We're disappointed. We're upset," La Russa said. "But you make a big mistake if you think we're heartbroken. We didn't mail in the series win. We played our (tails) off and couldn't close it down. It's disappointing. Don't make a mistake and say we're heartbroken. Our heart is beating."
The Cardinals spent the last five weeks of the season playing "angry." It was as if they were just not going to miss the Wild Card. These were the true-life "Angry Birds" and they treated every series in front of them like a pig house.
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Fellow B/R Featured Columnist Matt Goldberg has offered a reasonable counter to this article. You can read that here: 2011 NLDS: Yes, the Cards Can Upset the Phillies...It Says Here They Won't