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2014 NLDS

Improbable power surge propelled the Cards to NLCS

The Cardinals struggled to slug all season. This being October, it was only natural that power-hitting propelled St. Louis past the Dodgers in the NLDS.

Breaking down the NLDS-winning home run by Matt Adams

Prior to last night, Matt Adams had a .197/.227/.326 slash line against left-handed pitchers.

*Parity Schmarity, or: The Golden Age II

The Cardinals are moving on to the National League Championship Series. Again. And, yes, everyone else is just as angry about it as we expected them to be.

Behold Adams's NLDS-winning HR in video & gifs

NLDS: Cards win by 1 run, 2 games, & a few inches

The St Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2, winning the series 3 games to 1.

Cards win game, NLDS: Celebration thread

Behind a strong Shelby Miller start and a Matt Adams tater off Kershaw, the Cardinals beat the Dodgers 3-2, winning the series 3-1.

NLDS game 4 rally overflow thread

Cardinals trail 2-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth.

NLDS game 4 gamethread

Shelby Miller & Clayton Kershaw

Wacha, Miller, & postseason bullpen purgatory

Last year, Shelby Miller watched from the bullpen bench as Michael Wacha grabbed a place in Cardinals postseason lore with an amazing run of postseason starts. This October, it will be Wacha watching from the bullpen as Miller starts.

Who needs coffee when we have Wong HR video?

No analysis. Just indulge me. This home run and Wong's bat flip were just too sweet.

*#Mathenaging: Giving credit where credit is due

It's a negative term around VEB circles, but Mike Matheny's #Mathenaging skill last night (with one notable exception) was an important cog in a Cardinals win.

Cards take 2-1 lead in NLDS

Home runs by Matt Carpenter and Kolten Wong provided all the offense the Cardinals would need to back Lackey's strong outing and beat the Dodgers 3-1 in Game 3.

NLDS game 3 gamethread

John Lackey & Hyun-Jin Ryu

NLDS Game 4 start time set

The Nationals beat the Giants to force a fourth game in the other NLDS, which sets the start time for the Cardinals-Dodgers NLDS Game 4.

Dodgers announce Kershaw to start NLDS Game 4

Kershaw will pitch on short rest. If necessary, Zack Greinke will start Game 5 on full rest.

NLDS Game 3 bingo/drinking game card & links

B-I-N-G-O!

Mike Matheny needs to choose his lineups better

Mike Matheny has continued to make curious lineup decisions in the playoffs. He needs to do a better job of playing to his players' strengths so they are in the best position possible to succeed.

*What's the key to Lackey's October success?

The Cardinals acquired John Lackey in part due to his track record of postseason success. So how has he done it?

NLDS Game 3 start time set; Game 4's up in the air

With the Royals completing an ALDS sweep of the Angels on Sunday, Game 3 of the Cardinals vs. Dodgers NLDS will start a little bit earlier on Monday night. Tuesday's Game 4 first pitch is dependent on the outcome of the Giants vs. Nats' NLDS Game 3.

How should fielders react to reviewable calls?

In NLDS Game 2, Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong tagged baserunner Zack Greinke with an empty glove and the umpire incorrectly called Greinke "out." How should Wong have reacted to the umpire's mistake?

El Gallo called, he wants his postseason role back

¡Viva El (Postseason) Gallo!

*Pull power proving pivotal in NLDS

The Cardinals have shown a pull-power surge so far in the NLDS, but it was the Dodgers who delivered a fatal pull-punch blow in Game 2.

Cardinals lose a pitcher's duel in NLDS Game 2

Zack Greinke and Lance Lynn were both great but Greinke had the better night. Matt Carpenter went deep again, but Pat Neshek gave up the deciding run to Matt Kemp's solo blast.

NLDS Game two gamethread overflow

I can't guarantee there's a Cardinals comeback in this thread, but I also can't guarantee there's not.

NLDS game 2 gamethread

Lance Lynn & Zack Greinke

Lynn vs. Greinke: NLDS Game 2 starter comparison

With the Cardinals leading the Dodgers 1-0 in the best-of-five NLDS, Lance Lynn will take the ball for St. Louis against Zack Greinke for L.A. How do the two starters measure up to one another?

Do the Cardinals steal signs?

The seed Dodgers manager Don Mattingly planted last December sprouted Friday night during the Fox Sports 1 broadcast of NLDS Game 1.

Unintended Consequences & Unlikely Outcomes

...something like Friday night happens and makes you ask: "Do I really know anything about this game at all?"

Featured Fanshot

Pierzynski need not be on the active roster to provide R-rated cheerleading

Waino falters, Cards rally to win Game 1, 10-9

An absolute barnburner of a game ends with a Cardinal victory over Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.

NLDS Game 1 overflow . Let us attempt to rally!

Floweth over into the over flow

NLDS game 1 gamethread: Cardinals at Dodgers

Adam Wainwright & Clayton Kershaw