The Braves were 7-1/2 games ahead of the Cards in the Wild Card race when the two teams met on Sept. 9, 2011. Craig Kimbrel was one out away from effectively ending St. Louis’ season. A walk to Rafael Furcal brought the go-ahead run to the plate, Ryan Theriot, with Albert Pujols looming on deck. You know the rest (but may have forgotten it was Linebrink, not Kimbrel, who lost the game). It was all donwhill from there.
Fortunately, Linebrink is gone and the Bravos, unlike the BoSox, appear to not be haunted by those September demons. They’ll face a Cards team that appears to be the class of the NL, and if Sunday’s starter, Tommy Greene look-a-like Lance Lynn, is legit (6–0, 1.42 ERA) you can remove the qualifier.
Mike Minor, meanwhile, could be in jeopardy of losing his spot in the rotation if he pitches like he did against Pittsburgh and Colorado, allowing 18 hits and 15 runs in 11-1/3 IP.