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Cardinals, Red Sox in control in LCS

Oct 16, 2013, 12:07 PM EDT

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NLCS GAME 5: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS AT L.A. DODGERS 

Series: Cardinals lead 3-1
Where:
 Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Gametime: 4:00 p.m.
TV: TBS
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Sunny, 82 degrees, wind 4 mph
Starting pitchers: STL – Joe Kelly (10-5, 2.69) / LAD – Zack Greinke (15-4, 2.63)

The Cardinals homered past the Dodgers on Tuesday night and now have a chance to clinch a World Series berth. L.A. has set up their rotation for the last three games, starting with Zack Greinke tonight, but it will take something more from their offense to keep them alive.

No team on either side of the MLB playoffs at this point has hit well in the LCS round, but the Dodgers have just seven runs through four games. On Tuesday they fell short with just two runs despite recording eight hits.

What could give the Dodgers hope is the fact these very same Cardinals were in this position last year, and lost. St. Louis was up 3-1 on the San Francisco Giants in the 2012 NLCS and were then outscored 20-1 over the next three games. The Giants rode those victories to a World Series championship.

The Dodgers also have the pitching matchups in their favor moving forward. If they can somehow get through tonight, they’ll have the league’s best pitcher in Clayton Kershaw set for Game 6.

ALCS GAME 4: BOSTON RED SOX AT DETROIT TIGERS

Series: Red Sox lead 2-1
Where:
 Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
Gametime: 8:00 p.m.
TV: FOX
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Partly cloudy, 55 degrees, wind 11 mph
Starting pitchers: BOS – Jake Peavy (12-5, 4.17) / DET – Doug Fister (14-9, 3.67)

The Tigers find themselves down 2-1 in the ALCS after three games decided by one run, all three that saw Detroit’s starter dominate into the late innings. Tonight they will try and even things up against a pitcher they know quite well as former division foes.

Boston acquired Jake Peavy from the Chicago White Sox where he spent the previous four seasons. He’s faced the Tigers 12 times in his career as a former member of the NL Central, and holds a 4.83 ERA against the club. His last start with Chicago was actually against the Tigers, on July 25 right before the trade deadline. That day he gave up four runs on three homers through seven innings.

Peavy was excellent in his first postseason start this October, in Boston’s Game 4 win against the Tampa Bay Rays. He pitched 5 2/3 innings of one run ball as the Red Sox clinched the series that day. Tonight he has a chance to put them up 3-1 and a win away from the World Series.

Doug Fister will take the mound for Detroit, he also has a win in this postseason. He started Game 4 against the Oakland Athletics and took the victory after tossing six innings with three runs allowed in the Tigers’ 8-6 win.

  1. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    ugh, two teams I wished won’t go this far.

  2. natsfan1a - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Seconding the “ugh” and adding a “yuck.” :-)

    • Sonny G 10 - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      I’ll see your ugh-yuck, and raise you a muck.

  3. TimDz - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    As long as the Thugs…..er…..Barves…..er……Braves didn’t get past the NLDS was the only thing on my wish list…

    The Cards, regardless of what they said about the Nats last year, are clearly a championship caliber team…The Dodgers are just a bunch of hot dogs…. I’d rather see the Cards go to the WS (just one man’s opinion).

    I had the Red Sox and Cards in the WS with the Cards winning in seven (note: I made this prediction AFTER the regular season ended…No WAY would I have envisioned the Red Sox in the WS at the beginning of the year)

  4. David Proctor - Oct 16, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Ken Rosenthal and Adam Kilgore reporting that Brad Ausmus either has interviewed or will interview very soon for the Nats managerial job.

    • Theophilus T.S. - Oct 16, 2013 at 7:48 PM

      Ausmus would be OK. He’s an outsider.

      • Theophilus T.S. - Oct 16, 2013 at 7:52 PM

        Problem is, I think I want McCatty to stay, meaning I want an outsider who would keep McCatty. I think. Someone — and I blame Johnson — was responsible for the “six innings and a cloud of relievers” strategy. But if that was McCatty’s thinking, or he bought into it, then we can have a pitching coach from outside, too.

    • Sonny G 10 - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      I didn’t know Ausmus, so I googled him and found out he’s a former catcher and considered pretty smart. I could go for that.

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