Found September 18, 2012 on Fox Sports Midwest:
(AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals benefited from another team's late collapse to make the playoffs and go on to win the World Series last season. They're hoping to avoid being on the other end of that situation this year. The Cardinals will try to get headed in the right direction during an advantageous portion of schedule that begins Tuesday night against Houston, though the last-place Astros have been playing relatively well of late. St. Louis (77-70) earned a split of a four-game series in Los Angeles this past weekend to move a game ahead of the Dodgers for the second NL wild-card berth, winning 5-2 in 12 innings Sunday. "We haven't been playing too well lately, but we've been playing hard," outfielder Jon Jay said. "Every game from here on out is our most important game. We've been there before, so we know what we've got to do. It's just a matter of doing it." The Cardinals have gone 6-13 in their last 19 and 3-8 in their past 1...
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