ST. LOUIS -- The defending World Series champion Cardinals believe they could be a very dangerous team in the playoffs should they clinch the second wild card spot like it appears they will in the next few days.
And if their struggling offense comes to life like it did Friday night, they might become unstoppable.
The Cardinals awoke from a somewhat lengthy offensive drought Friday night, drubbing the Washington Nationals 12-2 in the series opener at Busch Stadium. The win dropped their magic number to clinch the second wild card spot to 3 with five games left to play.
"That was one of the best offensive production nights we've seen in a long time," manager Mike Matheny said. "That was great to see."
The home team greeted former teammate Edwin Jackson with five runs in the first inning and four more in the second, taking a 9-1 lead after just two innings. Jackson departed after getting just four outs, two of which came on a double play from opposing pitcher Adam Wainwright in th...