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|Written by Jeff Hopkins|
|Monday, 15 October 2012 10:49|
What more could we ask for in the NLDS as baseball fans then two game fives with one being an all-time, last out, 9th inning comeback for the ages by the St. Louis Cardinals! Some great moments and incredible performances, and of course some duds too…but not many. Let’s get it!
Top Performances in the NLDS:
Rants and Ramblings:
For now I think I will stock to the baseball being played instead of talking about 2013 – with the two NLDS series we just experienced, we should all just enjoy postseason baseball while we have it! Once the playoffs are over we will start looking forward to next year and see who this year’s David Freese or Cody Ross will be going into next year’s draft, shere the steals and busts will be, and what is going on in the hot stove.
As for those two incredible NLDS series:
St. Louis vs Washington was just as predicted: the underdog Cardinals did what they do best in the post season and knocked off the best team in baseball in the regular season with a monumental comeback for the ages in the 9th inning of game 5, down to their final out and final strike…I mean, that’s what I figured would happen all along right…
With the unexpected showings by Descalso and Kozma, to go with big games from Beltran and Carpenter, and ridiculous catches by Jon Jay, the Cardinals are once again showing that the regular season is left behind once the post season starts, and winning in the playoffs is something to behold and cherish as it doesn’t come easy. To watch it happen post Pujols and TLR makes it that much more enjoyable.
Although Wainwright had a brutal showing in game 5, the Cardinals roll into SF with Loshe-Carpenter-Lynn-Wainwright to match the one of the best rotations in baseball with Cain, Bumgarner and a Lincecum who has found his old self coming out of the pen vs the Reds. The Giants have the pitching to beat anyone, but if and when STL gets into the SF bullpen, just as they did vs WAS, they will eventually put up runs. And guys like Wainwright just know how to forget and show up in the playoffs, expect a solid start from him in game 3, at the very least.
San Francisco vs Cincinnati started out brutal for the Giants with the Reds taking both in the Bay and then the Giants seemed to just turn the switch on full power when they went to CIN. The Giants offense is still their achilles heel as they can have mega offensive outages quite often. Posey and Sandoval have to show up every night for the Giants offense to have a chance if their stellar pitching has an off night. Guys like Pagan, Scutaro and Pence will need to show up in a much bigger way if the G-men hope to beat the Cardinals as STL will eventually get their runs somehow unless Cain-Bumgarner-Lincecum throw gems every night…which ain’t gonna happen.
I expect that Beltran will continue to do what he usually does in the postseason and have a big series, but the guy I think is due for an explosion is Matt Holliday. Kozma looks like he will be this year’s David Freese as he continues to hit in big situations regardless of the pressure.
With the last two world-series winners playing in this NLCS, both teams have no issue with playoff experience and pressure, so really it will come down to who can execute best. Anyone who is going to bet against STL, after what just happened in Washington, I would consider foolish.
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