A quote from Bronson Arroyo on the enquirer website clued me into this idea.
On the pressure of facing three pitchers like Chris Carpenter, Jamie Garcia and Adam Wainwright:
ďItís closer to a playoff atmosphere. Thatís what youíre going to face. When you get down to the nuts and bolts, you donít expect anyone to throw their No. 4 and 5 guy at you."
I don't think the series will help us make the playoffs...but say we do make the playoffs. This series could help us be ready for the 5-game series, or the next 2 7-game series. "You remember how the Cardinals came in here and threw their best 3 guys at us and kicked our tails? Well, that's going to happen again if we approach this series the same way."
Last year the Cardinals had a good team but went 3-and-out against the Dodgers. Theoretically, we could have already had our 3-and-out against a good playoff-caliber team the last 3 days....and we know to make adjustments to avoid another one when we make the real playoffs.