We interrupt your regularly scheduled satire content for a special MLB Playoff breakdown
The 2015 MLB Playoffs are shaping up to have the potential to make for some of the most thrilling, historic October baseball ever seen in St. Louis. And that is saying a lot, considering the last decade of Postseason Cardinals baseball.
With just a month left before the Postseason begins, potential National League opponents include the Cubs, Mets, Dodgers, Pirates; and an American League lineup that includes the Yankees, Royals, Rangers and the Astros, all of which have old feuds to settle. In this post we’ll go over our best case scenario for the entire Cardinals 2015 Playoff run.
NLDS – Cubs
This is an easy pick. The Cardinals and Cubs rivalry is the best in the National League. Technically, the two teams have never met in Postseason play. With the addition of the Wild Card Game and the emergence of the Cubs as a playoff contender, this dream-matchup now has the potential to be a reality.
Just imagine the intensity of a Cardinals / Cubs series at Busch Stadium and Wrigley Field; both stadiums with fans on the edge of their seats for every pitch. The Cubs fans hoping to end their legacy of misery, and the Cardinals fans riding the Playoff party train to their 12th World Series. Personally, I would settle for just seeing a Cubs fan pull a Steve Bartman; or better yet, Steve Bartman himself pulls a Steve Bartman.
It would also feature a showdown of two of the top contenders for Rookie of the Year: Kris Bryant, and Randal Grichuk.
For the Cubs to eliminate the Cardinals would be their World Series victory, and for the Cardinals to defeat the Cubs would be a wonderfully shocking reminder to Cubs fans that they’re not quite as great as they think they are.
Cubs 1st baseman, Anthony Rizzo, at the start of the season said: “It’s [winning the NL Central] going to happen this year, it’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to play and we’re going to win the NL Central, you can quote me on that.”
Currently trailing the league-leading Cardinals by 9.5 games, winning the NL Central is a long shot at best for the Cubs.
Either way, this would be a historic series just on the marquee status alone.
NLCS – Mets
It’s a cold night in New York. The date is October 19th, 2006. The score is 1-1 in the top of the 9th Inning. Young Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina steps up to the plate and steals the breath out of the lungs of every Mets fanatic in the Big Apple, launching a 2-run Home Run that would ultimately launch the Cardinals into the World Series.
With one swing of the bat, Molina taught the pond scum faithful how to hate a player for the rest of his career.
Slightly later in that same night, Rookie closer Adam Wainwright faced Mets superstar Carlos Beltran with the bases loaded, 2 outs, a 0-2 count, and the entire season on the line. Beltran was frozen by a curveball so beautiful it should be given it’s own wing in the Louvre.
I think it’s about time these two teams had a Playoff rematch. I can guarantee Yadier Molina will hear a chorus of boos every time he steps up to the plate in New York.
World Series – Yankees
You were probably expecting to see the Royals here. But no, we already beat the Royals in ’85, it was just a bad call, we know it, they know it… put an asterisk next to their name in the record books and let’s move on.
We picked the Yankees because the Cardinals and Yankees are the two most winningest teams in Baseball history, two historic baseball powerhouses going at it in the World Series.
St. Louis and New York have met 5 times in the World Series before, the most recent of which was 1964. The Cardinals lead the Yankees 3-2 in World Series play.