|Hoppy's Senior Circuit Review – World Series bound again for the Redbirds?||Tweet|
|The Senior Circuit|
|Written by Jeff Hopkins|
|Sunday, 21 October 2012 12:16|
The wild card Cardinals continue to roll in the postseason as usual and the Giants continue to be a team that just cannot be put away, with some big hits and great pitching performances. Not much more I can really say, playoff baseball is great! Let’s get it!
Top Performances in the NLDS:
Rants and Ramblings:
What a great series for Cardinals fans! After a monumental comeback for the ages in the 9th inning of game 5 in Washington, the Redbirds came into the NLCS on a wave of confidence and didn’t miss a beat coming into game 1 by the Bay. Last year’s playoff hero David Freese hit a 2 run bomb early followed by another by Carlos Beltran who continues to add to his legendary playoff stats.
With Lynn having a horrible outing in only 3 2/3 innings the home team made it interesting getting back to 6-4 but in the end the STL bullpen was just too good. Six relievers pitched 5 1/3 innings of 2 hit ball with Mujica grabbing the win and Motte closing it out. I don’t see how Jason Motte cannot be considered a top 5 closer in the NL now.
Lincecum made another solid appearance out of the bullpen to stem the tide after Bumgarner pitched poorly. Amazing how Lincecum out of the pen was a shot of his pre 2012 self, then he starts and gets bombed like his 2012 self…still think 2013 will be the better version.
Game 2 was all Giants from the start chasing Carpenter in a rare poor playoff start and Vogelsong throwing a gem. Other than Beltran going 2-3 with a walk, it was the Giants putting up 7 runs on 12 hits with a leadoff shot from Pagan in the bottom of the 1st. Every Giant except Pence put up a hit and they left 16 on base to the Cardinals 5 this and 14 LOB.
Game 3 saw the pendulum swing back the other way with a solid game by the Cardinals at home. Loshe threw one run ball for 5.2 inning for the win and Jason Motte converted his first two inning save on 19 pitches for his second save. Motte was throwing straight heat too, hitting 99 MPH on the gun many times and three consecutive in one AB. Matt Cain put up a good 6.2 innings but the damage was done by Matt Carpenter on a 2-out 2-run bomb in the 3rd inning. Carpenter was playing in relief of Carlos Beltran who left the game with a strain knee to make Cardinals Nation tremor in fear for a short time…needless to say Carpenter made the most of his shot. Scutaro had a solid game after Holliday played runaway train trying to break up a double play two days before.
Game 4 was all Cardinals from the get go. Lincecum had a horrible outing getting the start this time going 4 2/3 innings giving up 4 runs and Kontos and Mota getting tagged for 2 more runs each. On the other side Wainwright threw 7 innings of 1-run ball for the win and Salas giving up a 9th inning 2-run home run to Fung Fu Panda. The outing was huge for Wainwright after a demoralizing outing in Game 5 of the NLCS vs the Nationals. I still can’t figure out how but every year Marco Scutaro seems to get drafted super low, if at all, in most leagues, with low projections on the full season. Then, every year or two he lands on a new team and puts up decent numbers playing one or more of the 2B-SS-3B positions – usually 75-85 runs, 7-10 homeruns, 60RBI, 7-9SB and a .285 average. Not top shelf fantasy performance but good for #6 in the NL and #9 ranked shortstop in Yahoo! Holliday, Molina and Jay put up to RBIs each and Kozma went 2-4 with a run and RBI continuing his solid playoffs.
Game 5 was a different story for the Giants with this time turning into their offensive night and another poor outing for Lance Lynn who couldn’t make it through 4 innings again. Barry Zito threw a phenomenal game using his uber good curve ball like the good ole days in winning his last 8 starts and the Giants blew the lead up in the 4th inning. The Cardinals offense suffered one of their notorious and not uncommon power outages in where they looked helpless at the plate at times and over matched by a pitcher who doesn’t over match anyone anymore.
Game 6 became the critical game with Carpenter facing Vogelsong back in the Bay state – can Mr. October get his groove back or will we get game 7?
Things that I think we can likely take away from the NLCS, and the whole of the NL playoffs to date:
Game 6 should be epic in SF…if we get a game 7 hold on to your butts!!!
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Greg F said:
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