(BaseballStL) -- Yes, the Cardinals are up 3-1 in the NLCS against the Dodgers. Yes, they're just one measly win away from going back to the World Series for the second time in three seasons.
But for those who remember (everyone) the Cardinals are in the exact same spot they were in last season against the Giants. Except that series did not end very well, did it? San Francisco beat them in Games 5, 6 and 7 to take the pennant and advance to the World Series.
Will that horrible experience help the Cards this time around?
"It should. You would think so," closer Trevor Rosenthal said. "Having that bitter taste will help us to push through and not let anyone take away from what we're capable of doing."
"We do a good job of not letting the game we just played weight on us," Shane Robinson said. "We try to let it go and then come out fresh tomorrow. I think that's what's made us successful this year is really not thinking about the past or things that have happened. We just keep our heads looking forward and not letting those things distract us."
Knowing they have three chances to win one game for a pennant certainly gives them a sense of seeing the finish line.
"You can. It's always in sight," Rosenthal said. "For the guys that were here last year, knowing it can be taken away from us with any lead, we know we have to come out here and face a tough team. They're not going to give up. They're going to come out here and play hard so we're just going to keep doing what we're doing. We're going to keep our approach and play hard."
It won't be easy by any means. The Cards still have to go through Zack Greinke in Game 5 then Clayton Kershaw in Game 6 and Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game 7 (if it goes that far). Translation: they're still going to have to beat a top flight pitcher to put the Dodgers down for good.