On the bright side, Holliday and Molina each had 2 hits and an RBI for St. Louis.
St. Louis downs New York Mets 12-4 at Port St. Lucie.
Looking at the big picture of the entire 2012 season, the St. Louis Cardinals had an excellent year. However, they were undone by an offense that would disappear for long stretches of time.
While the starting pitching is the easy scapegoat for the Cardinals collapse in the NLCS, it was a lack of hitting and bad defense that really doomed the club.
To earn a trip the World Series the Cardinals will have to avoid the mistakes that doomed them in Game 5.
Pitcher’s error in 4th inning of Game 5 led to Giants runs, San Francisco victory
The St. Louis Cardinals currently hold a 3-1 advantage in the NLCS. However, they probably want to clinch the series now rather than letting the San Francisco Giants go back home with more favorable pitching matchups.
The Cardinals management has a crucial decision to make as to who starts Game Five of the NLCS. Here is an overview of their options, with the pros and cons for each pitcher.
The starting pitching matchups are fairly even in the NLCS series between the Cardinals and the Giants. However, the Cardinals have an edge in offense which should allow them to prevail.
The Nationals and Cardinals send out their best starters as both fight for their postseason lives in the final and decisive Game 5 of the NLDS. The Cardinals will try to rediscover the offensive firepower that delivered wins in Game 2 and 3, while the Nationals attempt to rely on the formula of quality starting pitching, fielding, and a dominant bullpen.
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