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.
The Cardinals now face two very good starting pitchers on the road as they attempt to clinch the NLCS. The Cardinals big hitters will need to step up to avoid suffering the same fate as the Reds in the NLDS.
Former aces Adam Wainwright and Tim Linecum take the mound in Game 4 of the NLCS. Both pitchers have had down years. Which pitcher finds his old form may determine the winner of this crucial game in the series.
In the end the Matt Holliday slide has turned into a non-issue for both teams, as now even Scutaro has gotten over the play.
Giants infielder injured by Cardinal Matt Holliday’s hard slide in Game 2 of the NLCS may play Wednesday in Game 3.
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.
According to the statistics, the St. Louis Cardinals historic come from behind victory against the Washington Nationals was not suppose to happen. But the Cardinals have spent much of the last year making the improbable quite possible.
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.
The Cardinals have all the momentum going into game 4 of the NLDS. They now must continue their winning ways with an opportunity to clinch the series.