The Cardinals have had big runs in each of the past two seasons, their miraculous comeback in 2011 from being 10˝ games out of a playoff spot in late August to winning the World Series, then gaining the final wild-card slot this season.

But despite the hoopla, ratings haven’t followed suit for the Redbirds’ local telecasts on Fox Sports Midwest, as the figure this year declined for the second consecutive season; the 2012 number was an eye-opening 19 percent below that of 2010.

The are several theories, but there is one constant the past two seasons — a three-man rotation in the broadcast booth, leading to little continuity and a “country club” atmosphere as viewers are left guessing until game time which combination of Dan McLaughlin, Rick Horton and Al Hrabosky they will hear.

Why do you think ratings are down? Is it because of our broadcasters?