Cardinals Clinch the NL Central

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The Redbirds clinch their 12th division championship, and their 8th in the last 14 seasons, shutting out the Cubs tonight, 7-0.

Lance Lynn was strong, and he needed to be: he went deep into the count a lot, but nobody crossed the plate. His line: 6 innings, 4 hits, 9Ks. Not too shabby.

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Yadi went 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs. David Freese and Matt Holliday both homered.

Now the question is whether the Cardinals will get past the Braves in the final two games of the season for the best NL record, which gives them home field advantage in the playoffs.

We’ll see. For tonight, the champagne is flowing. It’s been a long, hard season, full of disappointment, but they rallied big time in September, going 17-8.

One other note, from St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Bernie Miklasz:

When the Cardinals clinched a spot in the MLB postseason tournament this past Sunday, it reinforced their status as the NL’s best team since 2000. This will be the Cardinals’ 10th postseason appearance over the 14-year period. The only misses occurred in 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2010.

The Cardinals also have the NL’s best regular-season winning percentage, .561, since the start of the 2000 season. They’ve also played in more postseason games (95) and won more postseason games (62) than any NL team since 2000. Over that time the Cardinals have competed in 39 more postseason games than the Giants, who rank second in the NL. The Cards’ 62 postseason wins are well ahead of the Giants’ 34.

Since 2000 here’s the list of the top-five number of postseason appearances since 2000.

St. Louis, 10
Atlanta, 9
San Francisco, 5
Los Angeles, 5
Philadelphia, 5

In the AL, only the Yankees (with 12) have more postseason appearances than the Cardinals and more regular-season wins, and postseason games and wins than the Cardinals going back to 2000.

Later,

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