The Los Angeles Dodgers will face the team with the best record in the National League during the regular season in the NLCS–the St. Louis Cardinals. The Dodgers watched at the clubhouse, waiting to see of they had to board a plane to St. Louis Wednesday night for the series opener Friday night on TBS.
The St. Louis Cardinals beat America’s team in the deciding Game 5 behind the stellar pitching of their ace, Adam Wainright. The Pittsburgh Pirates were up 2 Games to 1 in the best of 5 series, before running into the Wainright and Michael Wacha buzz saws–or the Security and Exchanges Commission, or Coast Guard, or anything more nautically themed for the Pirates than buzz saws.
Before examining what the Los Angeles Dodgers will see in the Midwest, let’s give the Pirates a little recognition.
The Pirates will be very disappointed that they gave up their first series lead in the last 20 years, heck their first series at all in 20 years. One Pirates player who is without blame is Third Baseman Pedro Alvarez though who had an RBI in all 6 (including the WIld Card Game) of his first 6 career playoff games–the first time that has ever happened.
Former number 1 overall pick out of UCLA Gerrit Cole pitched brilliantly in two outings in the series. He shutdown the potent Cardinals lineup in Game 2 in St. Louis, and only gave up a hanging slider to David Freese early on for a 2 run homer in the deciding game also on the road, before settling in and throwing lights out heat.
That homerun from 2011 NLCS and World Series MVP David Freese is all the Cardinals would need behind Adam Wainright’s dominant stuff. He is the only other National League pitcher in the conversation for Cy Young, and he showed why. Curve ball after curve ball was located perfectly to decimate inexperienced post season hitters constantly behind in the count. Wainright only needed 107 pitches to go the complete distance.
The good news for the Dodgers is Wainright pitched tonight. But the bad news is, he was on fire. And if David Freese wakes up from his 2 year long slump and MVP candidate Allen Craig returns to the lineup, the Dodgers pitchers will have plenty to fear in the most dangerous lineup in the National League.