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.
Flashing their bright orange spikes and booming bats, the San Francisco sluggers keyed a five-run blitz against Justin Verlander in the first inning that sent the National League to an 8-0 romp over the American League.
Tony La Russa has Cardinals’ right fielder Carlos Beltran batting fifth and shortstop Rafael Furcal hitting ninth for the National League club.
It came against Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin, who blew his third save in four chances and second in two days.