CHICAGO Lance Berkman doesn't believe the Atlanta Braves choked last year, coughing up a huge Wild Card lead in September to let the Cardinals sneak into the playoffs on the final day of the season.
The 14-year veteran instead thinks the Cardinals simply proved they were the better team over a full 162-game, six-month season. And with the Cardinals underachieving for much of the 2012 campaign to date, he thinks things could even out and happen again this year.
Berkman was one of five different Cardinals to hit a home run Friday in their 9-6 win at Wrigley Field, giving the visitors a four-game winning streak and seven victories in their past eight games.
Following a rough 1-5 road trip to start the second half of the season, the Cardinals have begun to turn things around. They improved their record to 54-46 and are eight games over .500 for the first time since they were 20-12 after a loss on May 11.
"It's a long season and that's why we keep preaching talent, talent, talent,"...