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CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: The Minnesota Twins celebrate after clinching the second Wild Card spot of the American League after at Progressive Field on September 27, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Twins 4-2. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals are not playing in the postseason but the non-capitalized version of their name offers a prudent view of the impending competitions.

The St. Louis Cardinals failed to live up to the potential of its individual parts in 2017. This cardinal failure was the undoing of the 2017 team leaving them watching the postseason from their individual homes.

Ah, a play on words to kick off October… For those not in the know, the lower case version of the word usually reserved for the name of a bird carries with it the definition, “of greatest importance; fundamental” when used as an adjective. Hence the play on the word in the title of this post and in that first paragraph above.

Keeping with the title, then, let us take a cardinal look at the competitions now solidly slated for the 2017 postseason to begin this very week.

Additionally, I will insert the 2017 St. Louis Cardinals in the NL side of things where they might have slotted should they have (1) played better this season, (2) suffered fewer bullpen meltdowns, and/or (3) had a different manager. All of these suppositions are simple “what-ifs” but are worth taking a look for giggle-sake.

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Take this with a grain of salt. Please.

The lead-up to the 2017 season has been interesting so far. Some fans are very high on the Cardinals while others remain cautiously optimistic. There were more than a few that had already written them off before pitchers and catchers reported to camp. “They MIGHT contend for a Wild Card spot, MAYBE.” I paraphrase. Now, some of those opinions may have been swayed during a, thus far, promising spring. I liked the additions and subtractions made this winter, so I’ve been confident all along. But then, sometime in the first week of spring training, I got an even stronger feeling about this team. I can only describe it as tempered enthusiasm. I came to realize that this was the exact same feeling I had going into the 2004 season.

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