5 St. Louis Cardinals to watch in NL wild card game

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ST. LOUIS, MO – OCTOBER 01: Members of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate their walk-off victory against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 1, 2021 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images)

Who will help continue the St. Louis Cardinals’ amazing run in the NL Wild Card game?

There have been a number of players the St. Louis Cardinals have rallied behind as they clawed their way into contention for the NL Wild Card game. From popular veterans to young superstars or older pitchers getting another chance at success, this 2021 Cardinals team has been incredible.

After struggling mightily to even get to this NL Wild Card game, it seems frustrating for both sides that this is a one-and-done game. Both NL West teams had over 100 wins – the Giants with 107 wins and the Dodgers with 106. The Dodgers will play in this one-game playoff with a 90-win Cardinals team.

That’s baseball!

Manager Mike Shildt and the Cardinals will try to come up with the best roster of players to take with them to Los Angeles for the game Wednesday. It will be interesting to see who makes the roster and who doesn’t. What pitchers does he want with the team? What option off the bench would be best?

Having already clinched their spot, Shildt got the opportunity to rest many of his starting core. They will be primed and ready to go, fueled by an amazing September that included a historic 17-game winning streak. This club definitely enjoyed their winning streak and looks to take some of that momentum with them for a long stay in the playoffs.

The Cardinals want more than just Wednesday. They want an extended ride into a remarkable season. They want to be another version of the St. Louis Cardinals that just won’t go away. They had a hard season and seem to be clicking at the right time.

Let’s see how far they can take this improbably run. Let’s discuss who could be some players that will help them Wednesday to take this run a step further.

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