October 10, 2013, 10:37 AM
Matheny hasn't asked my advice yet, but my rotation for the NLCS would be:

Kelly
Wacha
Waino
Miller

I like Kelly starting game 1, and this would put Adam starting a potential Game 7 at Busch.
October 10, 2013  02:07 PM ET

Freese woke up.

Somehow Kozma finds a way to step it up in October. I think Carpenter might have gotten in the way at second when he made the late throw to first.

No LLynn in the rotation ? maybe save him for long relief. I don't know how he matches up against the Dodgers - his poor second half doesn't help.

Magic Number is 8. 8 more wins.

October 10, 2013  02:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Freese woke up.


Somehow Kozma finds a way to step it up in October. I think Carpenter might have gotten in the way at second when he made the late throw to first.

No LLynn in the rotation ? maybe save him for long relief. I don't know how he matches up against the Dodgers - his poor second half doesn't help.Magic Number is 8. 8 more wins.

That 7th inning was full of screwy plays that led to the Pirate run.

I simply don't have confidence in Lynn right now. I know he pitched well his last couple of starts, but those were against Milwaukee and Chicago. I have more faith in the other four against a good lineup like LA's.

I believe that a big key to this series is for Carpenter to get rolling and getting on base ahead of the big hitters.

October 11, 2013  09:17 AM ET

I like the way you think 11

October 12, 2013  09:15 AM ET

What a game, what a performance by Carlos Beltran!

I know Moz said they organization doesn't want to block Big City anymore but how can you not bring back Beltran for at least one more year?

Let's Go Wacha, Let's Go Cards!

October 12, 2013  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

What a game, what a performance by Carlos Beltran! I know Moz said they organization doesn't want to block Big City anymore but how can you not bring back Beltran for at least one more year?Let's Go Wacha, Let's Go Cards!

It's funny, I was having the same thought about Carlos last night. I hate to see him leave, although I know if he comes back we'll block Adams and maybe Taveras.

That's a worry for another day though! Right now, it's Go-time and time to go up 2-0 today.

October 12, 2013  10:02 AM ET

One thought I had last night was that even though we were in the 13th and sending Lynn out there, I don't think Matheny had any intention of using Mujica. Makes you wonder why they used up a roster spot for him if he's never going to pitch.

October 12, 2013  04:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

One thought I had last night was that even though we were in the 13th and sending Lynn out there, I don't think Matheny had any intention of using Mujica. Makes you wonder why they used up a roster spot for him if he's never going to pitch.

I think Mujica's on the roster for mop-up duty in case of a blowout. Definitely can trust him in a tied game or with a lead.

October 12, 2013  07:03 PM ET

I guess the Cards didn't get the memo that they couldn't match the Dodgers for pitching? Wow, another gem by Wacha and the 'pen was equally magnificent!

On to LA with a whole lotta momentum ... Go Cards!

October 12, 2013  08:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I guess the Cards didn't get the memo that they couldn't match the Dodgers for pitching? Wow, another gem by Wacha and the 'pen was equally magnificent! On to LA with a whole lotta momentum ... Go Cards!

A whole lot of momentum and Wainwright on the hill. We are up 2-0 after facing the Dodgers' two best starters.

What more can you say about Michael Wacha? He went toe to toe with the NL's best pitcher and came out on top. That 6th inning was beautiful. Gives up a hit to the pitcher, loads the bases.....but does he get rattled? No. Just proceeds to strike out Puig and Uribe to strand three. Such poise is rare for a 22 year old with all of 11 or 12 major league starts under his belt.

October 12, 2013  09:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I think Mujica's on the roster for mop-up duty in case of a blowout. Definitely can trust him in a tied game or with a lead.

I would have thought Westbrook would have been better for mop up duty. He'd probably be able to stretch out and give you more innings if needed.

October 12, 2013  10:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I would have thought Westbrook would have been better for mop up duty. He'd probably be able to stretch out and give you more innings if needed.

Might need both Westbrook and Mujica with the decision to start Lynn in game 4. Maybe Matheny feels Miller's been off too long ... i don't get it.

October 13, 2013  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Might need both Westbrook and Mujica with the decision to start Lynn in game 4. Maybe Matheny feels Miller's been off too long ... i don't get it.

Yeah, I don't agree with it either. I don't understand, unless maybe Shelby had a tired arm at the end of the year and they just aren't going public with that.

October 13, 2013  11:41 AM ET

I wish injury on no one but that said without the injuries to Garcia and Westbrook, the Cards wouldn't be reaping the benfits of Kelly and Wacha right now.

October 13, 2013  10:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I wish injury on no one but that said without the injuries to Garcia and Westbrook, the Cards wouldn't be reaping the benfits of Kelly and Wacha right now.

I know what you mean, and that could very well be true. It's kind of like 2006. I maintain that if Jason Isringhausen hadn't gotten hurt, we wouldn't have won that World Series. Tony was too committed to him and would have left him in the closer role, even though he was struggling. If Waino hadn'tn taken over, I don't believe we would have won.

October 14, 2013  11:21 PM ET

Lack of defensive range, a rally killing base running error and a lineup suddenly allergic to hitting ... all ingredients in a losing recipe.

Felt like Ryu just pulled a Barry Zito circa 2012.

October 15, 2013  11:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Lack of defensive range, a rally killing base running error and a lineup suddenly allergic to hitting ... all ingredients in a losing recipe.Felt like Ryu just pulled a Barry Zito circa 2012.

Man, I had the same Barry Zito thought while watching last night.

I couldn't believe the brain dead stuff going on last night. What was Descalso thinking, and why did Jay pull up on two fly balls. The CF has to take charge on both of those balls.

We're going home in a few days if the offense doesn't show some signs of life.

October 16, 2013  09:43 AM ET

Shane Robinson. WOW.

I wasn't in favor of Lynn starting this game, but he did okay. I was afraid he was going to implode into one of his 5-6 run innings, but he kept it at 2.

Carlos Martinez has been very impressive. Great pick off of Punto in that 8th inning.

Great defense last night after the horrendous play the night before. Beautiful 6-4-3 started by Kozma, and a very heads up DP by Carpenter in the 9th.

So, here we are again, boys. Up 3-1 in the NLCS.......let's finish it this time.

October 16, 2013  10:22 AM ET

I know the m.p.h wasn't similar but I had a flash back to So Taguchi taking Billy Wagner deep in '06 when Sugar Shane hit that homer.

Unlike '96 and '12 games 6 & 7 if necessary (please NO!) would be at Busch so my optimistic side is still shinning through. Here's hoping for one of those Joe Kelly quality starts and some better offense off Greinke the 2nd time around, GO CARDS!

October 16, 2013  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I know the m.p.h wasn't similar but I had a flash back to So Taguchi taking Billy Wagner deep in '06 when Sugar Shane hit that homer.Unlike '96 and '12 games 6 & 7 if necessary (please NO!) would be at Busch so my optimistic side is still shinning through. Here's hoping for one of those Joe Kelly quality starts and some better offense off Greinke the 2nd time around, GO CARDS!

HAHA. I forgot about that Taguchi HR, but I do remember being shocked when he hit that one too. I was also thinking about Tommy Lawless in the 1987 World Series when Robinson hit that one out.

Agreed. Knowing we go home if we lose game 5 is a lot different than 1985, 1996 and 2012......but I'd just as soon get it over with today, and not face Kershaw until 2014.

 
October 17, 2013  10:26 AM ET

Had a lot of ducks on the pond against Greinke and got to Jansen so I'm encouraged about the offensive output. I don't expect the Dodgers will get homer happy on Wacha and as for Kershaw ... well just hope the bats take advantage of the few opportunities they get.

Let's not get to a game 7, Let's Go Cards!

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