It's been a weird season for the St. Louis Cardinals. One that involved a 19-day shutdown because of the Covid-19 virus, which infected a good portion of the Cardinals roster. One that involved many seven-inning double headers to get their schedule back on track. And finally, one that saw an uphill battle in the National League Central against a Chicago Cubs team that got off to a hot start.
Despite all of that, St. Louis never gave up, and now they sit in the number two wildcard spot in the National League playoffs (fifth seed). Their first opponent will be an upstart San Diego Padres team.
Cardinals World Series Odds
Heading into the three-game playoff series with San Diego, not many people are giving St. Louis much of a chance. Their current World Series odds represent that, with +3300 odds on FanDuel Sportsbook, which is the 13th lowest out of 16 playoff teams.
Part of the reason for those future odds is their immediate opponent. The Padres have -210 odds to defeat the Cardinals after a 37-23 season. Besides the one seed Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays, no team has better first-round odds than San Diego.
The Cardinals deserve more respect than this, however. For starters, they have three formidable pitchers slated for the series in Kwang Hyun Kim, Adam Wainwright, and Jack Flaherty (in that order). St. Louis also has much more playoff experience than a relatively green Padres side dealing with injuries.
Veteran hitters like Paul Goldschmidt, Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong have been here before, and manager Mike Shildt certainly has the upper hand on rookie manager Jayce Tingler.
St. Louis has been underestimated in the playoffs before, and made those doubters pay in the process. Don't sleep on them in 2020 either.
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