There are only two Division Series to go to Game 5, and, of course, the Cardinals are in one of them.
While I am nervous about this game, I know that, with the exception of a healthy Allen Craig, the Birdos are in the best position they could be in for it. Now to hold back the nervousness that will plague me throughout the day, just like last year... and the year before...
We are going to hear this a lot tonight, but I will say it anyway. The Cardinals are 7-1 in elimination games since 2011 and 4-1 in winner take all games. At home, they are 1-0 and 3-1 on the road. They were perhaps a ball hitting off the bat three times away from winning that last one.
The last two NLDS Game 5's have resulted in memories that will not soon be forgotten. The 2011 Game 5 ended 1-0 after Chris Carpenter out dueled Roy Halladay and the Phillies to continue the Cardinals' magical and improbable season. This game, despite its greatness, was probably over-taken by the NLDS Game 5 of 2012. After being down 6-0 early, the Cardinals rallied to comeback, plating the tying and go ahead runs in the ninth inning off the bats of Daniel Descalso and Pete Kozma (because, of course).
So what will the 2013 Cardinals have in store for tonight? To be honest, I am hoping for a nice, low stress game where they take the lead early and show no signs of surrendering it. That would be nice for a change.
But this is the Cardinals we are talking about.
Oh and the last and only time the Cards have played a winner-take-all game at home during that span?
They won the World Series.