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The Cardinals are seemingly on track to pull off a repeat of last season. Heartbreaking loss for the Nats and their fans. Well, their 12,000 fans and the other 30,000 bandwagon jumpers.

Game 1 St. Louis @ San Francisco Sun, Oct 14 8:00 PM FOX
Game 2 St. Louis @ San Francisco Mon, Oct 15 8:00 PM FOX
Game 3 San Francisco @ St. Louis Wed, Oct 17 4:00 PM FOX
Game 4 San Francisco @ St. Louis Thu, Oct 18 8:00 PM FOX
Game 5* San Francisco @ St. Louis Fri, Oct 19 8:00 PM FOX
Game 6* St. Louis @ San Francisco Sun, Oct 21 4:30 PM FOX
Game 7* St. Louis @ San Francisco Mon, Oct 22 8:00 PM FOX

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This is too tough for me to call. I'd love to see the Cardinals get back, and hopefully have my beloved Yankees win #28 here in St Louis. But, the Giants are playing hot right now. I gotta go with the Cards in 7.



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That's a legendary collapse for the Nats. Just awful. No excuse for them to lose that game.

That Giants pitching staff is way strong. Adam Wainwright hasn't been particularly good this postseason, so I can't see the Cards hanging around solely behind Cris Carpenter.

Giants in 6.



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    Originally posted by It's False
    Adam Wainwright hasn't been particularly good this postseason


He has started two games. In one of those two games, he went six innings, gave up one run and struck out 10. Yeah he wasn't so great in game five, but with such a tiny sample size, why does one outing outweigh the other to the point that you think you can make this statement? He has pitched twice, one was really good, one was pretty bad.

Not to mention, the Giants' pitching staff didn't exactly have its way with the Reds. San Francisco gave up 22 runs in that five game series; St. Louis gave up 16 to Washington, which had a more potent offense than did Cincinnati all season long. St. Louis has a much more potent offense than the Reds do as well, so it's no guarantee that the "way strong" pitching of the Giants is going to prevail.
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Picking the Cardinals in six, since by this point, I'm just going to ride this wave as long as it goes. The Cards are the New York Giants of baseball --- be mediocre for two-thirds of the season, then catch fire the rest of the way and win a championship.



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    Originally posted by It's False
    That's a legendary collapse for the Nats. Just awful. No excuse for them to lose that game.



Yeah. Blowing a 6-0 lead in a deciding game is brutal.

I find it interesting that the original franchises are doing so well this year. All four teams left are original franchises (and only one ever moved, and that was pre-expansion). Four of the other six teams to make the playoffs were originals, as well. The last time all four teams to make the LCS were originals was 1996.
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.24
    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    The Cardinals are seemingly on track to pull off a repeat of last season. Heartbreaking loss for the Nats and their fans. Well, their 12,000 fans and the other 30,000 bandwagon jumpers.


At least we sold out our stadium and set a new Nats Ballpark attendance record. The Yanks had to move fans down to fill in empty seats so it didn't look like they couldn't sell out the place on TV. Ouch.

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It was embarrassing to see all those empty seats, especially when your city has the biggest population in the USA. Granted, the price is probably prohibitive for a lot of the casual fans for a Game 1. If they had that kind of lack of enthusiasm for a Game 6 or 7, it would be shameful!

But when Washington only breaks 30,000 (In a 41,000 seat stadium)in less than 1/3 of your games all year, THAT is an embarrassment. Especially since it is such a beautiful stadium (And, they had the best record in baseball).


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