Originally posted on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 9/26/13
Some fans think the St. Louis Cardinals should rest up for the playoffs once the National League Central Division is clinched. The logic goes that by aligning the rotation and resting some of the stars, the club will have a better chance in the Division Series and beyond. Some are worried about the possibility that the Cardinals will have to face their NL Central combatants, the Pirates or Reds, in the Division Series. My focus is elsewhere – on the two other division winners. I admit that instead of focusing on the wild cards, I am interested in the benefits of home field advantage and ultimately, a preference to play the Braves rather than the Dodgers. Ending the regular season with a better record than Atlanta would mean the Cardinals could enjoy field advantage through the Championship Series. Yes, the Cards would play the wild card winner in the DS, but I am ok with that. By the time the post-season begins, the Reds and Bucs will have been beating up on each other for the better part
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