By Patrick Kelly
After a nail-biting final week, the St. Louis Cardinals have punched their way to the 2020 MLB postseason. The Cardinals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 on Sunday to finish a win above them in the standings and earn the fifth seed in the National League postseason.
With the fifth seed, the Cardinals draw the San Diego Padres. The Padres are 4-6 in their last 10 games with 41 runs. Despite their skittish end to the season, the Padres have seven of their nine starters hitting .250 or better. The benefit the Cardinals have is that the Padres have allowed 45 runs in their last 10.
For the Cardinals to get the upper hand in this three-game series, the offense will have to start popping quickly. Tommy Edman and Paul Goldschmidt have been finding their bats as of late and that needs to continue in Game 1. For the first two games of the series, the Cardinals have the option of using Jack Flaherty and Kwang-Hyun Kim against a team who could also see Adam Wainwright for the Cardinals.
This should be a very tight series where the Cardinals get to see their former teammate Tommy Pham, who is coming off the injured list. The pitching in this series is about even and it looks like the offense will decide who comes out on top.