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National League Central Division: signed, seal, delivered: St. Louis Cardinals win division

In what has been a very close race the entire MLB season; the St. Louis Cardinals have finally captured the National League Central division title. Led by several clutch players such as potential MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado and fresh off the excitement of legendary future hall of famer Albert Pujols hitting his historic 700 career homerun, these Cardinals have been consistent the entire season.

Tuesday’s game did not feature much suspense as the St. Louis Cardinals scored the first six runs in front a large fan base that traveled to Milwaukee to celebrate the division title. Milwaukee Brewers had been fighting all year long and made this NL Central race something to watch. Ultimately, the win was celebrated in the locker room of the away clubhouse in Milwaukee. The Cardinals were all business until the champagne bottles started popping where it was clear the team was very happy; they were able to help Pujols and Yadier Molina get another shot at a ring. Starting pitcher Miles Mikolas said, “We want them to leave baseball with one more ring, for sure. They’ve always pointed toward winning and taking a step toward a championship for all of us to experience. That tells you a lot about the character and the culture they both have created of this ballclub.”

With the new wildcard structure, Major League Baseball has added an extra team to the wildcard portion of the postseason. In this case, even though the St. Louis Cardinals have won their division, NL Central, they will still need to participate in hosting a wildcard game since as of now they do have the 3rd best record in the National League behind the New York Mets and leader Los Angeles Dodgers. Shades of a 2021 National League Wildcard meltdown, the St. Louis Cardinals celebrated momentarily, and now are focused on a deep postseason chase for the last time Albert Pujols will play baseball.


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