The seemingly storybook season of the Cardinals comes to an unfortunate end

ST. LOUIS — When the Phillies and Cardinals last met in the postseason in 2011, the end of the streak felt like a fork in the road. Since St. Louis won Game 5 of that NLDS—and, ultimately, the World Series—went on to enjoy years of consistent success. After Philadelphia lost, it entered a confusing, disappointing decade of mediocrity, failing to return to the postseason at all until this year. Their playoff run certainly wasn’t the catalyst for everything that followed. But it felt like a turning point.

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