The St. Louis Cardinals believed all winter, and reinforced this spring, they had the talent and character to win the World Series this year.
Now, they have no idea when they will play another game.
The Cardinals will have gone at least 12 days without playing a game after their three-game series beginning Friday night against the Chicago Cubs was officially postponed with two more players and a staff member testing positive for COVID-19.
The outbreak, believed to start with a person who was employed by a Cardinals player, has left nine players and seven staff members infected with the virus, leaving their team in disarray.
They have played only five games this season, and not a single inning since July 29, and are now faced with the daunting task of playing 55 games in 49 days just to complete their 2020 season.