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October 2, 2000 12:00 am

Playoff Prospectus


Rany Jazayerli

Four years ago, the Cardinals had their hands around the Braves' collective neck and let the series slip away. Don't think that Tony LaRussa has forgotten. Darryl Kile wasn't with St. Louis in 1996, but he has his own motivation for revenge: he gave up just two hits and drove in a run against Greg Maddux in the opener of the 1997 NL Division Series, but his Astros lost the game, 2-1; the Braves went on to sweep the series.

With home-field advantage and a rested rotation ready for the Tomahawk Twentyfive, the Cardinals have everything they could want to exorcise the demons of 1996 and let them move on plague the Braves instead.

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Most of you probably remember the hullaballoo back in May after Rick Ankiel tossed 121 pitches in a start against the Marlins. Those of us prone to paranoia in that area were quick to excoriate LaRussa for his handling of his talented left-hander. We weren't the only ones drawing swords: Ankiel's agent, Scott Boras, made it known that he wasn't happy about the start. There was talk that he had an understanding with the organization about limiting Ankiel's workload until he became older.

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