Each time the Pirates have played the Cardinals this year, the popular opinion has been that the Cardinals will be nearly unbeatable. Granted, a lot of the matchups between the two teams were preceded by the Pirates losing against bad opponents, which led to questions about how they could beat a good opponent.

The Cardinals were the number one seed in the National League, so viewing them as a difficult opponent is totally natural. But there has been a lot of disbelief in the Pirates this year, to the point that they're not seen as a good team like the Cardinals. Let's review the facts:

**The Cardinals finished with 97 wins.

**The Pirates finished with 94 wins.

**The Pirates went 10-9 against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals won three more games than the Pirates, and in the head ...

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