Originally Posted by JayStubbs
It's an undeniable fact. The Cards have been unbelievabley lucky these last two years and their level of play normally would not have warrented them to even make the playoffs either year.
Don't forget the year the won the division with 83 wins despite 5 other teams being in it, and then went on to win the World Series after the Tigers threw about 7 bunts away and 13-26 with a 5.12 career ERA Anthony Reyes beat Verlander with a 4 hitter.
I will never get over how a division with 6 teams in it had a winner with just 83 wins, that's virtually impossible. 12 of the other 24 MLB teams had more wins than the best of those 6 teams had. If the Cards played in the AL central rather than NL that season they would been 7 games behind a 3rd place White Sox team who won 90 games. The AL had 8 teams with a better record by 3 games or better and only 4 got in that year.