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Down on the Cardinals? Take a peek at the team’s playoff history

Are you down on the St. Louis Cardinals after the club fell behind two games to one in its 2015 National League Division Series?

Then you have a short memory.

Playing out of backs to the wall situations is a hallmark of the most successful team in Major League Baseball over the past decade.

The Cardinals lost two of the first three games of their 2013 NLDS against the Pittsburgh Pirates. They had to count on rookie righty Michael Wacha to pitch the team to victory in a road game before coming home to Busch Stadium to try to clinch a National League Championship Series. Which they did.

In 2012, the Cardinals were down 6-0 in the fifth and deciding game of the NLDS against the Nationals in Washington. They scored a run in the fourth, two in the fifth, once in the seventh and once in the eighth only to still find themselves down 7-5 entering the last frame. But they scored four times in the ninth -- with the game winner coming off the bat of much-maligned infielder Pete Kozma -- to complete a comeback for the ages.

The Redbirds were down two games to one to the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2011 NLDS and had to count on their weakest starter, Edwin Jackson, to beat Phillies co-ace Roy Oswalt in game four to force a deciding Game 5.

Chris Carpenter pitched an all-time gem of a game to Philadelphia’s other star pitcher, Roy Halladay 1-0 in Philly in the deciding game to help the Cardinals move along on their road to the 2011 World Series championship.

So, in short, this situation isn’t unmanageable Not by a long shot. The Redbirds simply need John Lackey, who flirted with a no-hitter in the his last start and who has an impressive post-season record to beat the Cubs’ weakest post-season starter and bring the series back to Busch Stadium in a tie.

I’ll take my chances with the Cardinals at home where they won two-thirds of the time in 2015.

I’m not sure why people are so quick to dismiss this club. If not for an unfathomable Jaime Garcia mental error in Game 2, St. Louis could easily be ahead two games to one.

People said Cubs ace Jake Arrieta was untouchable. But the Redbirds scored four runs off of him. It seems to me that there is plenty of fight left in this team.

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