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After one of the more improbable comebacks in postseason history, the St. Louis
Cardinals will kick off the National League Championship Series tonight against
the San Francisco Giants in a matchup of the last two World Series winners. The
Cardinals overcame an early six-run deficit and were behind by two entering the
ninth on Friday, but scored four times in their final at bat to shock the
Washington Nationals, 9-7, in the decisive fifth game of the NLDS. “They just
dont quit. I think that just says a lot about their character,” Cardinals
manager Mike Matheny said of his club. “They realized that no matter what is
being said out there, no matter how many people count them out, they control
their destiny.” Of course, coming back is nothing new to this Cardinals team,
which last season trailed in the wild card standings by 9 1/2 games only to roar
back and clinch a playoff spot on the final day of the regular season, parlaying
that into their 11th World Series title. “Thats an awesome feeling to share that
moment with these guys after coming back from a 6-0 deficit like that,” said
Daniel Descalso, who homered and scored three times. “It was just awesome.”
Carlos Beltran had three hits and was on base five times in the crucial win for
the Cardinals, who have now won six consecutive postseason elimination games and
will be playing in their seventh NLCS since 2000. Beltran, who owns an all-time
best .817 career postseason slugging percentage, hit .409 against the Nationals
with two home runs and four RBI. He also joined Babe Ruth as the only players to
reach base five times in an elimination game. “Tonight, I was thinking about the
way the Cardinals came back last year,” Beltran said, “and here I am, and were
doing it again. This is a great feeling, being on this team. This is why I came
here—to win.” It was a year of adjustments for the Cardinals, who went into
this season with a new manager in Matheny following the retirement of Tony La
Russa, and without three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols, who bolted to the Los
Angeles Angels of Anaheim as a free agent. St. Louis did not skip a beat,
though, winning just two games less than last season, and finished 88-74.
Although, it wasnt quite the furious finish they needed a year ago, the
Cardinals still won 12 of their final 16 games, then topped Atlanta in the
first-ever one-game wild card contest. Beltran was brought into replace Pujols
and actually put up about the same numbers, as he hit .269 with 32 home runs and
97 RBI. But, catcher Yadier Molina really shined and should finish among the
leaders in MVP voting. Already an all-world defender, Molina excelled at the
plate, batting .315 with 22 home runs and 76 RBI. However, he only had two hits
in the series with the Nationals. “We lose Albert, Lance is out the whole year,
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good we are. Weve got some great players here, guys who wont quit.” St. Louis is
loaded with experience in their rotation, but it will be 25-year- old righty
Lance Lynn getting the call in Game 1. Lynn was 18-7 this past season with a
3.78 ERA, but saw his ERA jump a full run in the second half of the season. Hes
also lost both of his starts to the Giants, surrendering nine runs in 11 1/3
innings of those outings. Lynn made three relief appearances against the
Nationals was 1-1 with an 8.10 ERA. Like the Cardinals, San Francisco needed all
five games of its Division Series matchup to get past the Cincinnati Reds, as
Buster Poseys grand slam punctuated a six-run fifth inning that helped the
Giants cap an amazing comeback with a 6-4 win. “I didnt do much the whole
series,” said Posey. “I probably was a little overanxious at times. I was happy
to be in that situation.” San Francisco had dropped the first two games of the
set with the Reds, but reeled off three straight wins to earn their second trip
to the NLCS in three years. Brandon Crawford picked up two hits, an RBI and a
run scored in the decisive win for the Giants, who became the first NL team to
rally back from an 0-2 deficit to win a best-of-five series since the format was
changed back in 1995. They also became the only team in either league to do so
with three consecutive road victories. What made the Giants first round win even
more amazing was the fact that Cincinnati outscored them 22-18, outhit them
.261-.194 and recorded a 3.13 ERA, compared with San Franciscos 4.11. San
Franciscos bullpen was terrific, as no starter was able to pitch beyond the
sixth inning. “(Jeremy) Affeldt, (Sergio) Romo, (George) Kontos, all of them did
a great job the whole series,” manager Bruce Bochy said. Getting the ball in
Game 1 for the Giants will be 23-year-old right-hander Madison Bumgarner, who
was 16-11 this season, but 10 of those wins came at home. However, he was rocked
by Cincinnati in San Francisco in Game 1 of the NLDS to tune of four runs in
only 4 1/3 innings. Bumgarner also gave up seven runs over 13 1/3 innings in his
two matchups with the Redbirds. The Giants offense is paced by NL MVP candidate
Posey, who hit only .211 in the NLDS, but was the NLs leading hitter at .336
with 24 home runs and 103 RBI during the regular season. San Francisco has
played the Cardinals twice before in the playoffs. St. Louis edged the Giants in
a thrilling seven-game series in 1987, but San Francisco got its revenge in 2002
with a five-game win in the LCS. This is the first matchup between the two
previous World Series winners since the New York Yankees and Milwaukee Braves
dueled in the 1958 Fall Classic. ’ ’ ’ 

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