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Cardinals Postseason

It is time for Adam Wainwright to take a step back

Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals need to think long and hard about whether or not he should pitch in game five.

Why did Tony Cruz pinch-hit in NLCS Game 1?

I've crunched the numbers and I have no idea.

It's time to bench Randal Grichuk

After hitting well for a few weeks in September, Randal Grichuk looks out of his depth in October.

*The Cardinals' playoffs success is not luck

The Cardinals have once again provided themselves with the opportunity to advance to the World Series. While their success in the playoffs might seem lucky, it is a function of their amazing runs in the regular season.

NLCS Game 1 Overflow and Rally Thread

NLCS Game 1 Gamethread

Adam Wainwright & Madison Bumgarner

You have alternatives to Buck, Reynolds & Verducci

If you're sick and tired of Reynolds, Tom Verducci and Joe Buck, you have options. And for Saturday's NLCS Game 1, you have a unique alternative to FOX's run-of-the-mill broadcast.

Waino aggravated his 6/10 arm injury, but is fine?

Pay no attention to that aggravation behind the throwing elbow, Adam Wainwright is "fine" to start NLCS Game 1, but what can we expect from him and his compromised throwing arm?

*Will Grichuk and Holliday power a Game 1 victory?

My magic eight ball filled with nerdy heat maps says: Yes.

Cards NLCS roster: Bat added; pitcher subtracted

There's one pelvic-thrusting change.

What are the Giants' strengths and weaknesses?

A look at Giant strengths and Giant weaknesses. (Spoiler: They have no giant strengths or giant weaknesses. I can think of another team like that.)

*Know your game 1 NLCS foe: Madison Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner is a really good pitcher who is especially deadly against left-handed hitters. With his low walk rate (4.9%), the Cardinals will likely have to either string together a hits or continue hitting HRs if they want to succeed in game 1.

Michael Wacha should be left off the NLCS roster

If the Cardinals aren't going to have Michael Wacha pitch, then he shouldn't be on the NLCS roster.

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.

*Cardinals offense needs to start early in NLCS

The Cardinals' opening series was full of late-game drama, and the Giants series should provide more of the same. However, if the Cardinals are to advance to the World Series, they would be wise not to wait so late in the game to start hitting.

NLCS schedule and start times set

NLCS Game 1 start time set

NLDS Game 2 start time still up in the air.

Should we be worried about Adam Wainwright?

Before NLDS Game 4, St. Louis Cardinals manager let slip that Lance Lynn was an option to start a possible Game 5 if Adam Wainwright wasn't up to the task.

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.