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  1. Red Sox expected to go with John Lackey in Game 2 of World Series

    Oct 21, 2013, 10:08 PM EDT

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    It came as no surprise when Red Sox manager John Farrell announced this afternoon that Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the World Series against the Cardinals on Wednesday, but there could be a change in store for Game 2. While Clay Buchholz started Game 2 of the ALCS against the Tigers, Sean McAdam…

  2. Do the Red Sox or the Cardinals have the World Series pitching edge?

    Oct 21, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    Adam Wainwright

    This postseason has been dominated by pitching, so who has the arms advantage in the World Series? During the regular season the Red Sox ranked sixth among AL teams in runs allowed and the Cardinals ranked fifth among NL teams in runs allowed, but overall totals can be misleading when it comes to evaluating the…

  3. As expected, the Cardinals will go with Adam Wainwright in Game 1 of the World Series

    Oct 20, 2013, 6:08 PM EDT

    Division Series - Pittsburgh Pirates v St Louis Cardinals - Game Five

    In the least shocking bit of news you’ll hear this week, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will send ace Adam Wainwright to the mound to start Game 1 of the World Series against the Red Sox, tweets Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY. Wainwright has been nothing short of excellent for the Cardinals, dating all the way…

  4. Looking ahead to the World Series

    Oct 20, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

    The Cardinals and Red Sox will open up the 2013 World Series in Boston on Wednesday night, a rematch of the 2004 World Series ultimately taken by the Sox in four games. The two teams are, both by their regular season records and various statistical measures, the best teams from their respective leagues. Let’s go…

  5. For Tigers and Dodgers, injuries make you wonder what could have been

    Oct 20, 2013, 12:10 AM EDT

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    Cardinals starter Michael Wacha went home with the NLCS MVP hardware, but perhaps it should have gone to Joe Kelly. Kelly started off the series by drilling shortstop Hanley Ramirez — one of the most productive players during the regular season, and a godsend to the Dodgers in the NLDS — in the ribs with…

  6. Don Mattingly on Yasiel Puig: “We’ve got to do a better job…of helping him mature”

    Oct 19, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

    Yasiel Puig Getty

    While a disaster outing from ace Clayton Kershaw and a lack of offense against Michael Wacha were the main reasons for the Dodgers’ season coming to an end last night, Yasiel Puig naturally received plenty of attention after the game for his three defensive miscues in right field. According to Chris Haft of MLB.com, Dodgers…

  7. Michael Wacha is your NLCS MVP

    Oct 19, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

    Wacha will go home as the MVP of the National League Championship Series, per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY. The 22-year-old rookie tossed 13.2 shutout innings over two starts against the Dodgers in Games 2 and 6, allowing just seven hits and two walks while striking out 13. Wacha, of course, pitched seven crucial innings…

  8. Cardinals await conclusion of ALCS as World Series will be a rematch of 2004 or 2006

    Oct 18, 2013, 11:50 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

    With a thorough 9-0 drubbing of the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS, the Cardinals clinched a World Series appearance for the first time since, uh, last week. At least it feels that way, anyway. They won the World Series in 2011 against the Texas Rangers in seven games. The Cardinals are anxiously waiting…

  9. The Cardinals clinch their ticket to the World Series with Game 6 victory over the Dodgers

    Oct 18, 2013, 11:38 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

    The Cardinals provided starter Michael Wacha with a big ol’ pile of runs but he sure didn’t need it. The 22-year-old right-hander continued to show poise and dominance with seven shutout innings, out-dueling presumptive NL Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw in the process. Wacha finished with a line that read: 7 IP, 0 R,…

  10. Cardinals put Game 6 out of reach with a fifth-inning outburst

    Oct 18, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

    After going up 4-0 in the third inning, the Cardinals continued to tack on runs in the fifth. In doing so, they chased Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw from the game after 98 pitches. The lefty did not record an out in the fifth. The inning started off with Yadier Molina singling to right field. Yasiel…

  11. The Cardinals pull ahead in Game 6 with a big third inning

    Oct 18, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT

    Matt Carpenter

    Post-season legend Carlos Beltran staked the Cardinals to an early lead in the top of the third with a line drive RBI single to center against Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw. The opportunity was set up by Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter, who worked an 11-pitch at-bat — including seven consecutive foul balls — against Kershaw…

  12. NLCS, Game 6: Dodgers-Cardinals lineup

    Oct 18, 2013, 4:55 PM EDT

    NLCS Cardinals Dodgers Baseball

    Dodgers: LF Carl Crawford 2B Mark Ellis 1B Adrian Gonzalez RF Yasiel Puig CF Andre Ethier 3B Juan Uribe C A.J. Ellis SS Nick Punto SP Clayton Kershaw Hanley Ramirez has tried to play through a cracked rib, but was in obvious pain and is now out of the Dodgers’ lineup. Nick Punto is starting…

  13. Dodgers stay alive with NLCS Game 5 win over Cardinals

    Oct 16, 2013, 7:21 PM EDT

    zack greinke getty

    The NLCS is headed back to Busch Stadium. Zack Greinke found trouble early but settled in late as the Dodgers rolled to a 6-4 defeat of the visiting Cardinals in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles. Greinke loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the…

  14. Four years later, 2009 free-agent pair comes up big in LCSs

    Oct 16, 2013, 1:58 AM EDT

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

    Headlined by three players, the post-2009 season MLB free agent class was undoubtedly the weakest seen in at least a decade. The prizes: Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday (acquired from the A’s earlier that summer), Red Sox outfielder Jason Bay and Angels right-hander John Lackey. The field was so bad that the fourth biggest contract went…

  15. The improbable continues in NLCS

    Oct 15, 2013, 12:00 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Three

    Game 1: Zack Greinke versus Joe Kelly. Cardinals win. Game 2: Clayton Kershaw versus Michael Wacha. Cardinals win. Game 3: Adam Wainwright versus Hyun_jin Ryu. Dodgers win. The Cardinals led the National League in runs scored both for the season as a whole and in the second half. The Dodgers started slowly, but they were…

  16. Down 2-0 in NLCS, Dodgers appear doomed

    Oct 12, 2013, 8:22 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    Not even 24 hours into a seven-game series, the Dodgers’ World Series hopes are already on life support. By failing to secure either of the first two games with Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw on the mound, they’ve become huge long shots to defeat the Cardinals in the NLCS. If there’s any reason for the…

  17. Cardinals take a 2-0 lead in NLCS with 1-0 shutout of Dodgers

    Oct 12, 2013, 6:52 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals - Game Two

    Cardinals starter Michael Wacha turned in a gem, needing only one run of support to help pitch his team past the Dodgers. Wacha shut out the Dodgers over six and two-thirds innings, allowing just five hits and a walk while striking out eight. Jon Jay contributed the game’s only run with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly…

  18. Michael Wacha hands 1-0 lead over to Cardinals’ bullpen after stellar start in Game 2 of NLCS

    Oct 12, 2013, 6:16 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals - Game Two

    Cardinals starter Michael Wacha dazzled, shutting the Dodgers out over six and two-thirds innings. He allowed just five hits and a walk while striking out eight, escaping jams in the fifth and sixth innings before giving way to the bullpen with two outs in the seventh. Wacha retired the first two batters he faced, but…

  19. Dodgers and Cardinals scoreless through four innings in Game 2 of NLCS

    Oct 12, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw Getty

    After the Dodgers and Cardinals needed 13 innings to determine a winner in Game 1 of the NLCS last night, we’re scoreless through four innings in Game 2 this afternoon at Busch Stadium. With the shadows looming on the field of play, Michael Wacha and Clayton Kershaw have dominated the hitters early on in this…

  20. NLCS, Game 2: Dodgers-Cardinals lineups

    Oct 12, 2013, 3:04 PM EDT

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    Lineups for Game 2 of the NLCS in St. Louis … Dodgers: LF Carl Crawford 2B Mark Ellis 1B Adrian Gonzalez RF Yasiel Puig 3B Juan Uribe CF Skip Schumaker C A.J. Ellis SS Nick Punto SP Clayton Kershaw Big changes now that Hanley Ramirez has been scratched due to sore ribs. Carl Crawford and…

  21. Looking ahead to NLCS Game 2: Dodgers-Cardinals

    Oct 12, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

    Michael Wacha Getty

    The Dodgers and Cardinals will have little time to recover from their extra-inning marathon last night, as the two teams will meet in Game 2 of the NLCS this afternoon at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The game will start at 4 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on TBS. Here’s a quick look at…

  22. Cardinals announce NLCS rotation, with Joe Kelly in Game 1

    Oct 10, 2013, 2:46 PM EDT

    joe kelly cardinals getty

    During the regular season Joe Kelly went from reliever to fill-in starter for the Cardinals, pitching so well that he grabbed a full-time spot, and now he’s starting Game 1 of the NLCS. St. Louis announced its rotation with Kelly in Game 1, followed by Michael Wacha in Game 2 and Adam Wainwright in Game…

  23. Adam Wainwright will need to come up huge again in NLCS

    Oct 10, 2013, 12:18 AM EDT

    Division Series - Pittsburgh Pirates v St Louis Cardinals - Game Five

    While they do have the advantage of staying home in St. Louis, the Cardinals won’t have long to rest following their NLDS victory on Wednesday night. The Dodgers are coming to town on Friday, and they’re bringing their aces. The Cardinals’ rotation is in flux after their five-game series, but the Dodgers face no such…

  24. Cardinals force Game 5 against Pirates behind gem from Michael Wacha

    Oct 7, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT

    Michael Wacha Getty

    With their backs against the wall, the Cardinals turned to rookie right-hander Michael Wacha this afternoon to keep their season alive. And he delivered in his first career postseason start. Wacha took a no-hitter in the eighth inning as the Cardinals defeated the Pirates 2-1 to force a Game 5 in the NLDS. The 22-year-old…

  25. NLDS, Game 4: Cardinals-Pirates lineups

    Oct 7, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St Louis Cardinals - Game One

    St. Louis tries to stay alive in Pittsburgh … Cardinals: 2B Matt Carpenter RF Carlos Beltran LF Matt Holliday 1B Matt Adams C Yadier Molina CF Jon Jay 3B David Freese SS Pete Kozma SP Michael Wacha Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is sticking by his standard lineup, but the batting order changes a bit with…

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