We’re down to the final playoff push, and some teams have already clinched division titles. Wouldn’t it be nice if your favorite team played in a division as awful as the American League West? So all this means we’re hearing a lot about magic numbers and which teams are still mathematically alive.
Well, friends, there’s a difference between mathematically viable and actually doable.
This is the case for the St. Louis Cardinals. They’re screwed both ways. Even a hometown columnist knows the dream season is going to end without a playoff spot.
Here’s the double problem: The Fighting LaRussa’s are 10 games behind the Cubs for the lead in the division with both Houston and Milwaukee in between them. Not happening. They’re only 4.5 games behind the wild card leading Brewers, but both Houston and Philadelphia are in between them there.
It’s one thing to ask a team to make up four games in the loss column. It’s a whole different thing to ask them to do that and leapfrog a couple more teams while they’re doing it.
It’s just not going to happen. Too much has to go right.
So, while this same logic can be used for a lot of teams right now, we chose to highlight the Cardinals because, well, we don’t like them.
Anyway, it’s been a nice and surprising season for the Cardinals. Most people expected them to be bad. Instead they got breakout performances from all over the place. Kyle Lohse. Todd Wellemeyer. Ryan Ludwick. The list goes on.
But Pujols might as well go ahead and get the Tommy John surgery over with. The season is bowled over like Ted Lilly into Yadier Molina.