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The Cardinals won their 5th straight game tonight and are now 3 games ahead of the 2nd place Brewers. How are they doing it? The way the Cardinals always do, with stellar pitching and timely hitting. They are also steady, having played .542 ball in the 1st half of the season and .548 so far in the 2nd half. They are now 13 games over .500 and still have scored fewer runs then they have given up. They have scored 533 runs after tonight's 1-0 victory and allowed 536. According to basic math they should be a .500 club. Again how do the Cards defy the math? With their pitching they are always in a game. Then they are just clutch. It seems that they are always winning games by 1 run. They are 26-20 in 1 run games after tonight according to baseball-reference  after accounting for today's 1-0 victory. 

What looked like a tight 3 game race for the Central Division title is quickly turning into a Cardinal runaway. Remember back in 2011 when the Cards were 10 games back of the Braves for the wildcard in late August? Then they stormed back to overtake the Braves to secure a playoff spot. They went onto win the World Series. The Cards thrive in September and October. They either draft or trade for players who are disciplined at the plate and extremely focused. This year they are doing it all without that much power. There season total of 90 home runs is last in the National League. What the Cards lack in power, they more than make up for in sound fundamentals. They play small ball as well as anyone in the league. In order to beat the Cardinals, you have to beat them, they do not beat themselves. That is the best indicator of a good team.

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Written by James Formo — September 03, 2014

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