This isn't really about the Cardinals per se, but just an observation. What I find hard to believe, is that the last two Cardinals' teams to win the WS ('06 and '11) have beaten the NL team with the best record on their way to the title. In '06 it was the Mets and in '11 it was the Phillies.
The year after this happened, both the Mets and Phillies took a complete nosedive. The '07 Cards weren't great, but let's face it, that '06 team was on it's last legs anyway. Well technically the Mets were close in '07 but had the colossal collapse down the stretch and haven't been the same team since, nor have they been in the playoffs since. I don't really have a point to make, but seeing the Phillies auction off some of their veteran pieces today just made me think of that. They were "THE GREATEST ROTATION EVER!!!" just a year ago, now they're sinking quickly and throwing luggage off the ship.