October 13, 2012, 11:11 AM
What can you say about this team, and it's ability to get up off the mat and keep playing? Last night was so reminiscent of Game 6 against Texas last year. Repeatedly down to the last strike of the season, and they just kept battling.

Pete Kozma is now cemented as a part of Cardinal lore. Almost given up on by the organization earlier in the year......and comes through with a HUGE hit to win the NLDS.

I've been watching baseball a long time, and I've never seen anything like what this team has done the last two falls. Six straight wins in do or die games.....and the ability to pull these games out in the very last moment is something special.

Let's hope that momentum carries over to the Giant series.
October 15, 2012  07:07 AM ET

Good hitting in the early innings and a solid outing by the 'pen fueled a Game 1 victory. Matheny may want to brush up on TLR's guide to postseason managing ... he pulled Lynn about 2 batters too late, the hook has to come sooner in the playoffs unless its Carp.

October 15, 2012  09:42 AM ET

I 100% agree about pulling Lynn. I was getting agitated watching him just get hammered. Lynn was sharp for three but they were just teeing off on him in that fourth.

He has a nice group of talented arms in that bullpen, and you're right that he can't be afraid to use them. Rosenthal, though inexperienced, is the real deal. I wouldn't be afraid to use him often in this series.

Bumgarner wasn't very good, but it's a little concerning how easily their bullpen shut down our offense the last five innings. Our bullpen certainly saved us last night, though. Everyone was good......even Scrabble got his man out.

Nice game #1 win. Hopefully Carp can continue his brilliant post-season pitching tonight and get a second win before going home. Pressure is squarely on the Giants tonight, as they don't want to go down 0-2 again.

October 15, 2012  12:46 PM ET

HANG IN THERE !!

GO CARDS ! I need change my avatar to post season mode.

October 16, 2012  09:58 AM ET

Well, Game #2 was ugly. It still concerns me that the offense seems to be all or nothing, feast or famine. We score a ton of runs or we get nothing.

I'll take the split in SF though, and head home to pick up some wins now.

October 17, 2012  11:05 PM ET

Lohse was pretty good tonight, if uncharacteristically wild. I think the good news of this series is that we are ahead 2-1, beat their ace, and have done so in spite of getting next to nothing out of Holliday, Craig and Molina in the 3-4-5 spots.

If those three would start putting some runs on the board, we will be in good shape. I have to think those three are going to break out a little bit sooner or later.

Here's hoping Adam returns to form in Game#4 tomorrow.

October 18, 2012  11:52 AM ET

1. Lohse did his best Houdini impersonation given all those base runners.
2. Way to come off the bench Matt Carpenter!
3. Solid at bats by the 6 thru 9 hitters to get that big run across in the bottom of the 7th.
4. Excellent work by Motte ... 6 outs on about 20 pitches.

Here's hoping Waino is over whatever issues plagued him in gm 5 versus the Nats. If Cards get to Lincecum early and force Bochy to go to the 'pen, they could cripple the Giants staff for gm 5 too. So get them bats cranking boys. GO CARDS!

October 18, 2012  01:08 PM ET

The team needs some production from the 3 - 5 hitters, like yesterday. Wake those bats up, boys and let's go!!!


Ya gotta love Cardinals Post season play - no doubt

October 19, 2012  06:54 AM ET

Great outing by Waino last night and the bats woke up as I had hoped. An added bonus is that the Giants 'pen was touched up for 4 runs denting their aura of invincibility.

Now on to tonight where the Giants will get a steady dose of pure gas as Kelly, Rosenthal, Boggs and Motte are all rested and ready to spare Lynn when necessary. I know this team sometimes likes to do it the hard way but there's no need for this series to continue beyond tonight. GO CARDS !

October 22, 2012  08:16 AM ET

They just have to do it the hard way don't they? 2 thru 6 hitters, its now or never (forgive the cliche).

October 22, 2012  08:33 AM ET

You're right 25. We've been saying it for weeks.....our offense is all or nothing it seems, and the offense has been absolutely nothing for two games.

They have to get to Cain early tonight and shift the momentum back to the Red side.

October 22, 2012  10:05 PM ET

The Cardinal bats did their famine act the last three games, but the story of this NLCS was starting pitching. We hit Bumgarner and Lincecum....but Zito, Vogelsong and Cain completely shut us down.

On our side, Lynn and Carp were horrible twice....Lohse was okay once and horrible in Game 7. Only Wainwright brought it in the NLCS among the starters, and he only pitched the one game.

So disappointing after such an exciting NLDS comeback and a 3-1 lead on the Giants.

October 23, 2012  12:10 AM ET

This one is gonna sting for a while ... 3-1 up and only 1 run in 3 close out chances. No scapegoats here, everyone sucked (maybe not the 'pen).

October 23, 2012  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

This one is gonna sting for a while ... 3-1 up and only 1 run in 3 close out chances. No scapegoats here, everyone sucked (maybe not the 'pen).

I agree. No one did a whole lot in this series with the bat, and the starters were all horrid except for Wainwright in Game 4.

I thought this series turned in the second inning of game 5. The Cards put Yadi and Freese on with no one out in the second, and I was thinking "yep, jump on Zito right here and we put this away tonight." They failed to score and the series just seemed different from that point forward as they struggled to score the rest of the night against Zito.

The Giant starting pitching was simply a lot better than ours.

October 23, 2012  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I agree. No one did a whole lot in this series with the bat, and the starters were all horrid except for Wainwright in Game 4.I thought this series turned in the second inning of game 5. The Cards put Yadi and Freese on with no one out in the second, and I was thinking "yep, jump on Zito right here and we put this away tonight." They failed to score and the series just seemed different from that point forward as they struggled to score the rest of the night against Zito.The Giant starting pitching was simply a lot better than ours.

Totally agree. Hitting seeming extra inept with runners on base ... too many runner(s) in scoring position with 2 outs and the pitcher batting situations! But I guess you have to credit the Giants starters for that. On the otherhand Giants bats capitalized on every mistake out starters made and finished of all 3 games by the 5th inning.

October 29, 2012  10:11 AM ET

I guess I have to stop referring to the Cardinals as "reigning World Champs" now...........bummer.

 
January 16, 2013  03:02 PM ET

Sorry that I haven't been on as often as I have been. Been working those doubles and triples and such.

Anywho, I am disappointed, like all of you, that we didn't get to hoist the trophy again. I had strong convictions going into spring training that we would repeat. Growing up in the SF Bay Area, I NEVER been a Giants Fan. NEVER. If my family had tickets to the games, we would always root on Willie, Ozzie and the rest of the Cardinal team.

Now that I am in MO, I have been rooting on the Cardinals with such fervor, that my wife often wonders about me. My 12 year old son is a huge fan of the Cardinals. And ElevenRings, we will have that title again. The Yankees may be a few ahead of us, but we will catch them.

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