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closing the loop

after their last series vs the rockies, a sweep in st louis jun 16-18, the cardinals had reached a new high point in their season -- 16 games over .500.

whereupon they lost 8 games in a row, and 13 out of 16.

with today's series-ending win, the cards are right back where they were the last time they parted ways with the rox -- 16 games over. they have undone all the damage of late june and early july, reversing their 3-13 skid with a 13-3 tear.

essentially, the cardinals have performed a 32-game-long do-sie-do.

and the whole sequence pivots on the top of the 9th inning of this game -- which looks right about now like the turning point of 2006.