Is it me, or do the St. Louis Cardinals seem like they are on track to become this decade's version of the 1990's Atlanta Braves? Six years in and there are some striking similarities developing. From 1990 to 1999, the Braves appeared in the postseason 8 times (consecutively from 1991-1999-excluding a strike-shortened 1994) capturing the Division Title 8 times, National League Pennant 5 times, and the World Series once. That single World Series Title out of 8 oppurtunities has justified the phrase "fall short" as a practical motto when discussing Braves baseball. But with this postseason's disappearance of the Braves, it seems the torch is finally being passed over to the Cardinals. St. Louis has appeared in the postseason 6 times since 2000, capturing the Wild Card 1 time, the Division Title 5 times, and the National League pennant 2 times. Without that World Series title, they are proving to be on the Atlanta Braves' "almost winning it all" track.
And this season will prove to be no exception, as the heavy favorited Detroit Tigers look poised for a World Series victory. Well rested, the Tigers will massacre the opposition with young gun pitching, speed on the basepads and power up and down the lineup. The Cardinals limped to victory with minimal run support against the timely pitching of the Mets average arms, leaving many to believe Detroit's strong rotation and even stronger bullpen will completely dominate the Cardinal lineup. Utlimately, the power of American League bats will continue to prove their dominance over the National League as shown throughout interleague play this season.