Originally written on Redlegs Review  |  Last updated 11/14/14
Today's National League Central preview features the 2011 World Champions -- the St. Louis Cardinals. To say the Cards had a magical run last season would be a vast understatement. The club squeaked into the playoffs thanks to a late surge and a colossal collapse by the Braves to capture the Wild Card. They then outlasted the heavy-favorited Phillies in five games in the NLDS before eliminating division rival Milwaukee in six in the NLCS. Despite their late season and postseason heroics many tabbed St. Louis as the underdog going into the World Series against the Rangers. As it turned out, the Cardinals upstaged even their own recent theatrics by turning in an epic performance in the Series. Down to their last out, last strike, and facing elimination, a legend was born as eventual WS MVP David Freese tripled in two runs to tie the game at 7-7, thus forcing extra frames. The St. Louis native wasn't finished though as he sent the Busch Stadium crowd into oblivion with a solo ...
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