2011 — Chris Carpenter and St. Louis complete one of the more remarkable comebacks in baseball history, clinching the NL wild card with an 8-0 win over Houston and a later loss by Atlanta. St. Louis, which trailed Atlanta by 10 1/2 games on Aug. 25, win 23 of their last 31 games. The Cardinals get their playoff spot when the Braves falls to Philadelphia 4-3 in 13 innings.
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter is drenched as the team celebrates after clinching the National League wild card Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, in Houston. The Cardinals beat the Astros 8-0, and the Phillies defeated the Atlanta Braves, putting the Cardinals in the playoffs. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)