Sure, the Cardinals nearly blew a seemingly insurmountable lead in the NL Central Division in the season's final days.
They took full advantage of a slew of injuries which crippled the favored New York Mets. And, yes, the Detroit Tigers' vaunted offense, with help from the St. Louis pitching staff, picked October to go into a deep-freeze.
Regardless, it's the Cardinals who will be donning the rings. So much for the much-maligned National League.