The Cardinals were characteristically subdued after their win Tuesday night, perhaps because they have been in this position so many times before, close enough to sniff the ultimate destination. In 2004, '06 and '11, they took the final step to the World Series. Last year, though, they squandered a 3-1 series lead and watched the Giants advance. Here they are again, facing another NL West foe, and with another 3-1 edge. The way this NLCS is unfolding, they are only one blast away.