By Joe Lemire
September 23, 2013

Despite an impressive roster of righthanded and switch hitters -- Allen Craig, Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran, Yadier Molina and David Freese -- St. Louis has struggled all year against lefthanded pitching. The Cardinals are just 17-23 (.425) in games when their opponent starts a southpaw on the mound, as opposed to 74-42 (.638) against righties. They have a .669 OPS against lefties, which ranks 27th in the majors and could be problematic against NL playoff teams with multiple lefty starters: the Braves have Mike Minor, Paul Maholm and Alex Wood; the Dodgers have Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-jin Ryu and potentially Chris Capuano; and the Pirates have Francisco Liriano and Jeff Locke.

Stephen Drew is a weak spot in the Red Sox' defense that could be problematic in October.
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