It’s time to start paying attention to the Cardinals

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 22: Dexter Fowler #25 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after hitting a two-run homerun in the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Busch Stadium on August 22, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 22: Dexter Fowler #25 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after hitting a two-run homerun in the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Busch Stadium on August 22, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images) /
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The St. Louis Cardinals sit atop the National League Central, but no one is paying attention to them. You need to start taking them seriously.

The St. Louis Cardinals just swept the Colorado Rockies in a four-game series over the weekend, but if you ask casual baseball fans “Who do you think is winning the NL Central right now?” they won’t say the Cardinals.

They would say the Chicago Cubs. Wrong.

The Cubs are in a Wild Card spot currently looking up at the Cardinals with a 2.5 game gap.

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St. Louis has won 13 of their last 16 games, and are beginning a huge series with the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday evening.

Remember when Paul Goldschmidt was off to a slow start and some might have been questioning the trade and then the pre-season extension?

Well, Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals in home runs with 29 and has a .897 OPS since the All-Star Break.

Jack Flaherty and Dakota Hudson have led the rotation with ERA’s under 3.50 with the bullpen doing their job as of late.

The Cardinals could have gone out and gotten some bullpen help at the deadline but didn’t really budge. Instead, they will ride out the remainder of the season with Carlos Martinez as their closer, and Andrew Miller, John Gant, and Giovanny Gallegos in front of him.

The Cardinals could be a scary team if they were to win the division, especially if they got past the Braves in the National League Division Series. They have owned the Dodgers in their previous postseason matchups this decade.

You could argue that they have one of the best overall infields in the league with Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong on the left side and Kolten Wong and of course, Paul Goldschmidt on the right.

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I am not sure why people haven’t noticed the Cardinals yet, but they are going to make the playoffs for the first time since 2015 when they fell to the Cubs in the NLDS.