Cardinals Might Be 'Most Clutch' Team Ever
Down to the final strike again? No problem: Ryan Bothmann
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2012 8:03 AM CDT
Cardinals' Skip Schumaker (left) and manager Mike Matheny (center) calebrate last night's late rally.   (AP Photo/Chris Lee, Post Dispatch)

(Newser) – What the St. Louis Cardinals did to the Washington Nationals last night has Ryan Bothmann at Bleacher Report wondering whether this might be the "most clutch" team in sports history. If you missed it, the Cards once trailed 6-0 in the game but scored four in the bottom of the 9th to win 9-7. They were down to their final strike more than once and came through, just as they did again and again last year on the run to the World Series title.

Both seasons also required a late September rally just to make the playoffs. No problem. What the team has done in the last two years "will likely stand alone as one of the most clutch events that sports fans will ever see," writes Bothmann. Read the full column here. (The Yankees also advanced last night, which means it's Yankees-Tigers in the AL and Cardinals-Giants in the NL. More on the matchups here and on A-Rod's sinking fortunes here.)