SAN FRANCISCO (BaseballStL) -- The St. Louis Cardinals will not be able to cash house money in for a second-straight World Series championship after falling 9-0 in Game 7 to the San Francisco Giants.
The Cardinals were just a win away from reaching the World Series for the fourth time since 2004, but blew a 3-1 series lead in the NLCS with a punchless offense and shaky starting pitching.
It seemed that the team was destined for another dance on baseball’s biggest stage after taking a substantial series lead over the Giants on the heels of a thrilling five-game series against the Nationals in the NLDS and a victory in the first ever wild-card play-in game against the Atlanta Braves.
But now the team will travel back home to clean out their lockers rather than prepare to face the Detroit Tigers in a rematch of the 2006 World Series.
Any preparations for a parade down Market Street can be trashed. These Cardinals will be flying south for the winter.
The team was abandoned by its potent offense in the final three games combining for one run scored while the starting pitchers only lasted into the sixth inning once in the entire series.
Watching with blank stares from the dugout as the Giants celebrated in front of their fans was not in the plans. The plan, for now, is to focus on the spring.
It will be a long winter, but it won’t take long for fans to realize the incredible season it was despite not winning the National League pennant, or the Central Division for that matter.
This team gave their fans a little bit of everything ranging from being no-hit to staging a six-run comeback to advance to the NLCS. It wasn’t a lost season nor should it be treated like such.
This ride may not have traveled farther than the last, but make no mistake that it was a success considering many doubters thought the final stop would have come a lot earlier.