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2011 Cardinals: Who wouldve thought

(BaseballStL) -- The St. Louis Cardinals had a season and are having a postseason that can be summed up with one phrase, “Who would’ve thought?”

Who would’ve thought the Cardinals could survive a season without starting pitcher Adam Wainwright? The 20-game winner was shut down in Spring Training after undergoing Tommy John Surgery. The Cards opted to give Kyle McClellan the fifth starter spot but he eventually would move back to the bullpen.

Who would’ve thought the trade acquisitions would finally click and help the Cardinals into the playoffs. The Cardinals traded away outfielder Colby Ramus and three relievers for starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, relief pitchers Marc Rzepczynski and Octavio Dotel, and outfielder Corey Patterson. They would then trade a minor leaguer for shortstop Rafael Furcal and sign released relief pitcher Arthur Rhodes. The first month after the acquisitions the Cards went 17-15 but then something clicked and they helped the Cardinals go 18-8 in the final month of the season.

Who would’ve thought that in late August the Cardinals would have any shot at making the playoffs? On August 24. the Cardinals were 10.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League Wild Card. Then they started September 8.5 games back. The Braves would go 9-18 in September while the Cardinals went 18-8.

Who would’ve have thought the Cardinals would take down baseball’s best team in the Philadelphia Phillies who held a record of 102-60? More importantly, who would’ve have thought in a short series the Cardinals could beat Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Roy Oswalt? The Cardinals eliminated the Phillies in the National League Division Series in five games.

Who would’ve thought in the National League Championship Series the Cardinals would eliminate baseball’s best home team, the Milwaukee Brewers, in six games. The Brewers, who had home-field advantage in the series, went 57-24 at home during the regular season but could only manage one with at home during the NLCS.

The answer to all these questions is simple, the only people who believed were the St. Louis Cardinals. They knew their backs were against the wall all season long and they pulled off the impossible, a trip to the World Series. Who would think the Cardinals could win their 11th World Championship? I think it’s time for everyone to believe.

By: Mike Swallow, KMOV.com

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