ST. LOUIS -- A simple count of the flags atop the right-field scoreboard at Busch Stadium serves as a reminder of how extensive a postseason history the Cardinals have put together. There are 11 of those flags, each representing a World Series championship won between 1926-2011. Only the Yankees can boast more.
Recent history has been especially kind to the Cardinals, who have been postseason regulars since the turn of the century. They have been a playoff club in 10 of the last 14 years, advanced to the National League Championship Series eight times, won four pennants and have captured two World Series titles. In this regard, manager Mike Matheny has stepped in right where Tony La Russa left off.
Now that the Cardinals have secured their postseason place for the 11th time since 2000, here is a quick review of the organization's postseason resume:
• Last time they made the playoffs:
The Cardinals have advanced to the postseason each of the last three seasons, including a 2013 run to the World Series under second-year manager Matheny.
• Last time they won a playoff series: Michael Wacha earned MVP honors as the Cardinals defeated the Dodgers, 4-2, in the 2013 NLCS. Wacha twice outdueled Clayton Kershaw, while Carlos Beltran helped set the tone for the series with a game-saving throw and game-winning hit in Game 1.
• Last time they won the NL pennant: The Cardinals' NLCS victory over the Dodgers last season gave the franchise its 19th NL pennant, most among all NL teams. The Red Sox went on to stall the Cardinals' run by knocking St. Louis out in a six-game World Series.
• Last time they won the World Series: The Cardinals made an improbable run to claim their 11th World Series championship under the guidance of La Russa in 2011. The club snuck into the playoffs as Wild Card winners on the final day of the regular season, defeated the Phillies and Brewers, and then stunned the Rangers with the aid of some David Freese heroics.
• Overall DS record: 9-2 in 11 series; 29-14 in 43 games, .674
• Overall LCS record: 7-5 in 12 series; 37-35 in 72 games, .514
• Overall WS record: 11-8 in 19 series; 58-60 in 118 games, .492
• Overall postseason record: 28-15 in 43 series (including 2012 Wild Card Game), 125-109 in 234 games, .534
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.