Originally Posted by HometownHero
They were 6 games out of the normal WC spot and are now in the last two NLCS despite finishing 15 total games out of 1st. In the playoffs its getting in and getting lucky and the Cards are the best team at that in the game.
A money making gimmick is literally the only way they get into the playoffs, no other year in the history of MLB would they have made it but this one and now they are going to go to the WS yet again with a poor record for the 3rd time in 7 years.
If we're going to talk calls.
And there's been plenty of calls that have gone either way. Poor umpiring is going to happen. I openly admit the infield fly was a joke. But blaming the Cardinals for being the team to make the second WC is kinda lame. If the second WC beat the Reds, you'd be complaining about that. Don't blame the Cardinals for making the playoffs under the current rules. Blame those who made the rules. The Cardinals did what they needed too to make it into the playoffs. Is it kind of a joke, sure. But under the current rules, they did what they needed too. Different point. During the NCAA tournament, when a 6 seed knocks off a 1 or 2 seed, is a joke? Is it a farce? No. The playoffs are just that, the teams that made it under the current rules.
I'd be making the same argument if the Reds were the WC and the Cards won the central. Don't blame the teams that compete.