MLB: Resurrection! A month and a half ago this club was out; now it is in the second Wildcard

After losing to the Atlanta Braves on August 5, the St. Louis Cardinals at that point eight games were out in the race for the second place in the National League Wild Card and they had only a 1.5% chance of reaching the Postseason, based on FanGraphs playoff odds.

Six weeks later, the St. Louis Cards’ chances are up to 41.5% and the Redbirds are the favorites to win the second Wild Card of the National League:

With their three-game sweep of the New York Mets at Citi Field in the past three days, the Cardinals have won five games in a row and are 23-14 since Aug. 6. This is how St. Louis has been able to turn its season around and get back into the postseason race. These six are some key factors:

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  1. Adam Wainwright has turned back the clock:

  2. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting like an MVP.

  3. Tyler O’Neill continues to shine.

  4. Your defense makes the difference.

  5. Luis Garcia and TJ McFarland have propped up their bullpen.

  6. Their competition has faded.

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Rafael Martinez

I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Bachelor of Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services in Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and after a few days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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