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Calling the Rally Squirrel | Helmets & High Heels

squirrelCardinal Nation was seeing red on Wednesday night after an embarrassing loss to the Rockies with a final score of 11 to 1. Going into the game, the Cardinals were in a three way tie with the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants for the National League Wild Card spot. Thankfully, the Giants also dropped their game to the Dodgers and with the amazing catch of Atlanta’s Ender Inciarte to save the game (the Cardinals really should send a gift), the Braves, who have the worst record in the National League, swept the Mets, keeping the teams in a three-way tie.

Although the Mets’ remaining schedule is fairly easy, they’ve recently lost pitcher Jacob deGrom following season-ending elbow surgery and do not have the pitching staff needed to win games in which they’re scoring very few runs. The Giants had the best record in their division going into the all-star break, but has been the worst club in the league in the second half of the season, and with Brandon Crawford’s finger issues, they open the door to the Cardinals and their cast of big league hitters.

With the Mets’ 3-run walk-off homerun in the 11th inning last night to beat Philadelphia and the Giants’ win against the Padres, the Cardinals are now a half game back as they begin their series against the Cubs this afternoon in Chicago. The Cubs clinched the National League Central Division title on September 16th, their earliest division clinch since 1969 (a sure sign of the apocalypse).

The Cardinals have had three wild card berths in franchise history, in 2001, 2011 and 2012. In 2011, the Cardinals returned to postseason play after finishing second in the National League Central behind the Milwaukee Brewers. St. Louis beat the Philadelphia Phillies in five games in the Division Series and the Brewers in six games in the National League Championship Series. The Cardinals went on to defeat the Texas Rangers in seven games to become the 2011 World Series champions.

Although it will be a tough battle to beat the division title winners, the team with the most wins in the league, St. Louis swept the Cubs in three games at Wrigley Field in late June, so it can be done. The only question that remains is the current whereabouts of the rally squirrel and if he’ll be making a return to Busch Stadium by the end of September.

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