Happy opening day, everyone!
…The St. Louis Cardinals ran this division from 2000 to 2015. Over that 16-year span, St. Louis made the playoffs 12 times, won four pennants and two World Series, posted three 100-win seasons, and played the Dodgers in the NLCS roughly 40 times. The Cardinals were a fixture in the postseason for so long, it feels strange that they’ve missed the playoffs three years in a row, tying their longest postseason drought since the late 1990s. With the Cubs and Brewers soaking up headlines over the past three years, it’s been easy to forget the division’s longtime powerhouse.