BritSox wrote:Only won 83 games
Which is largely due to the awful last two weeks of the season. They didn't come out of nowhere and sneak into the playoffs. This was a team that pretty much everyone expected to win their division.
All their best players banged up to varying degrees
Its baseball, everyone has players banged up to a varying degree. The Mets were missing their #1 and #2. The Yankees had Rivera on an inning limit, RJ with a bad back. The A's had Harden coming off injury, Crosby out, and Chavez's wrist.
A rookie and a guy who was cut loose by another team after being terrible starting series games.
Again, there are story lines like that with every team. The Tigers are starting a rookie, a former 19 game loser, and a 40+ year old who had gotten shelled in his other postseason apperances.
A rookie closer.
That is a good storyline, I loved watching Jenks last year deal with the pressure just like I love watching Wainright this year. He outpitched Izzy during the regular season so it doesn't really make the Cardinals bigger underdogs in my mind.
Beat two heavily-favored teams to get there.
The Padres weren't exactly heavy favorites to beat the Cards. It was a usually around a -$120 betting line. The Cardinals were actually a fairly heavy favorite to win Game 5. They were heavy underdogs against the Mets (usually in the -$210 area) but that isn't much different than what the Tigers faced against the Yankees.
Played 7 hard games in the LCS as opposed to their opponents sweeping and taking a week off.
A cast of 'little guys' like Yadi, Eckstein, Duncan coming up big for them.
That DOES look like a cinderella story to me. You can spin it how you want.
I'm not trying to spin it. I'm trying to figure out why the author of the story is expecting people to be riveted by a Cinderella team that has been a perennial contender for almost a decade. At the start of the postseason the only team that really "looked" to be a World Series team to me was the Yankees. Even they had some obvious weaknesses in the rotation and bullpen but there just so much offense I figured it would be able to carry them. The Mets offense isn't quite on the same level and they had even more question marks in the starting rotation. The Padres, A's, and Dodgers all had solid but not quite spectacular pitching but really shaky on offense. The Twins and Cardinals both looked to be teams that would have to win everytime their ace took the mound and squeeze a couple out from someone else. Its not like the Cardinals were some 83 win team going up against a bunch of 110 win juggernauts.
Since the Cafe always seem to hate my cross sport analogies I'll throw another one out. I would liken the Cardinals to a #4 seed in the NCAA tourney going out and winning the whole thing. Sure it wasn't quite what most people expected to happen and it ruins a bunch of people's brackets, but its not exactly some unthinkable dream.
Maybe my opinion of the Cardinals simply isn't as low as most people's, I'm not hating enough. I didn't expect them to win the whole thing, but I didn't see them as all that much worse than any of the other teams in the postseason.
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