One more win. After again hitting their stride in October, the St. Louis Cardinals got tantalizingly close to making it back to the World Series.
Instead, three straight losses to San Francisco led to an agonizing offseason of what-ifs, and has served as a driving force all spring for a team deemed good enough to contend without any major roster upgrades.
Adam Wainwright, now the unquestioned ace of the rotation, won't be letting last fall's failures go anytime soon. That the Giants swept the Tigers after climbing out of a 3-1 NL championship series hole against St. Louis made it even worse.
''You never know, but we didn't give ourselves a chance, and that just really bothers me,'' Wainwright said. ''We had the team to do it, we had the lead to do it.''
Heading in, whatever manager Mike Matheny's club got out of the postseason was a bonus. But once the Cardinals took advantage of the brand new second wild card, surviving a tense on...