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Shades of St. Louis 2006

On September 20th, 2006, the St. Louis Cardinals were 80-70, a full 7 games ahead in the NL Central.

The Cardinals went 3-8 the rest of the way, just barely hanging on to the NL Central title by outlasting the Houston Astros and surprising Cincinnati Reds. Everything came down to the last three-game series of the season — the Cardinals won two of three from Milwaukee and the Astros lost two of three to the Braves, finishing 1 1/2 games out of first place.

You know the rest of the story — the Cardinals rode that last week of mayhem into a momentum that made them the World Champions.

Buckle up, Mets fans … anything can happen in these last dozen games, and it could be a very fun ride.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.