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Pirates, Cardinals set for decisive Game 5

Oct 9, 2013, 3:39 PM EST

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Series: Tied 2-2
 Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
Gametime: 8:00 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Clear, 65 degrees, wind 5 mph
Starting pitchers: PIT – Gerrit Cole (1-0, 1.50) / STL – Adam Wainwright (1-0, 1.29)

The 2013 MLB Playoffs have been thrilling so far and the next 48 hours have potential to top it all. Tonight the Pirates and Cardinals will play the first of two division series Game 5’s with the Tigers and A’s finishing their series off tomorrow.

The Pirates and Cardinals have already met 23 times this year, 19 times during the regular season and four times in the playoffs. The series now shifts to St. Louis where the Cards have won seven of the team’s 11 matchups in 2013, including their split so far this series.

Adam Wainwright will take the mound in what should be a raucous Busch Stadium. He is making his second appearance this series after taking the win in Game 1 when he threw seven innings of one-run ball with nine strikeouts and just three hits allowed.

The last time Wainwright pitched a decisive Game 5 in the NLDS was a year ago when he faced the Nationals in Washington. That day was his worst start of his otherwise decorated postseason career as he was yanked in the third inning. The Nats jumped out early with six runs off seven hits, including three home runs. Those six runs were more than he’s allowed in his other 13 postseason appearances combined. The Cardinals prevailed in that game, but Wainwright has shown it’s possible to rattle him on the biggest stage.

The Pirates will also send out a pitcher who has a victory already in this series. Rookie Gerrit Cole was brilliant in Game 2 – also at Busch Stadium – to help the Pirates bounce back and tie the series. That day he pitched six innings with just a run allowed on two hits and a walk. The former No. 1 pick has a little more riding on this start, but his first playoff performance bodes well for tonight. We’ll see if he can match Wainwright who has two World Series rings and four years of playoff experience.

  1. natsfan1a - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Go, Bucs! (Am I the only one watching these games?)

  2. NatsLady - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    I’m not sure Wainwright was “rattled.” If I recall, he was in the same position as Stras in coming off TJ surgery, except that due to his age and experience before the surgery, the Cards elected not to put him on an innings limit or shut him down. So he got bombed, with fatugue and pain perhaps contributing. This year he is 4th in pitcher WAR (after Kershaw, Scherzer, and Anibal Sanches) and he pitched the most innings in MLB with a 2.94 ERA.

  3. Section 222 - Oct 9, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    I’m watchin’ 1a! Fingers crossed. It won’t make up for not getting to see NLCS games last year, but I’d really enjoy seeing one in Pittsburgh. Go Bucs!

    Wainwright pitched well in Game 1 last year. There’s no evidence that he was hurting in Game 5, nor do I remember hearing anything of the sort after the game. But most importantly, he came back to pitch a gem in Game 1 of the NLCS. He just got ambushed in Game 5 by a really good lineup. Plus, he wasn’t as good last year than he was this year. That may have been due to his TJ surgery.

  4. Sec 3, My Sofa - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    So, the “Shark Tank Bites!” or “Shark Tank Tanks!”?

  5. natsfan1a - Oct 10, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    Fell asleep before the end but all I can say is [crud]. I’m glad that Pittsburgh got to experience some postseason baseball and wish them many more winning seasons.

  6. Joe Seamhead - Oct 10, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    Though pulling for the Bucs, I didn’t care too much who won this series. Me? I’m just so happy that we don’t have be subjected to the arrogance of the Braves and their yup-neck fans with that stupid chant!

  7. natsfan1a - Oct 10, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    I wanted the Cardinals to lose. Still do, actually. As well, I wanted Pittsburgh to win for the city and for friends/family who rooted for them back in the day. At least the Pirates fans saw one more postseason win at home than we did, counting the WC game, so there’s that.





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