Way back on March 11, in a United Cardinal Blogger roundtable, I made the following predictions:
Cardinals finish 90-72 and win the wild card. Albert Pujols hits 50 HR. Todd Wellemeyer wins 20 games and the Cy Young.
Well some predictions are better than others. Wellemeyer certainly won’t win 20. The Cy Young Award may well go to a Cardinal, but it will be Wainwright or Carpenter. Albert could still hit 50 HR. The Cardinals didn’t win the wild card.
But they have won 90 games. Most of us wouldn’t have believed it possible, especially since most experts picked St Louis to finish behind the Cubs and Brewers this season, but with their 90th victory, they’ve also qualified for the playoffs . . . . as NL Central Champions.
Would they have won the division without DeRosa, Lugo, and Holliday? Possible, but the division race certainly would have been closer than it turned out to be.
Congratulations are in order for the organization for making it to the post-season for the first time since winning it all in 2006. Now let’s work on avoiding Colorado in the first round, OK?