Found October 03, 2013 on Baseball News Source:
The St Louis Cardinals used a 7 run inning and solid pitching to rout the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1 in game one of the NL Division Series. Carlos Beltran‘s three-run homer sparked a seven-run third inning and the St. Louis Cardinals got seven strong innings from Adam Wainwright to open a commanding 7-0 in the third. Beltran has 15 home runs, 10 doubles and 28 RBIs in 35 postseason games. He also has scored 40 runs and stolen 11 bases. The Pirates ended a 21-year postseason drought and entered their first best-of-5 division series with apparent momentum after beating Cincinnati in the wild-card game Tuesday. They never threatened to rally against the Cardinals’ ace and finished with only four hits. Wainwright remained unbeaten in the postseason, going to 3-0 with a 2.27 ERA in 14 games, five of them starts. A.J. Burnett was chased in the third inning marking the second shortest start in his career. “Game 164 was rough,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “One of the things we’ve been good at is we don’t overcook things.” Lance Lynn (15-10) faces Pittsburgh rookie Gerrit Cole (10-7) in Game 2 on Friday.

Recap: Beltran HR keys Cards' rout of Pirates in Game 1

ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Beltran's three-run homer sparked a seven-run third inning and the St. Louis Cardinals got seven stingy innings from Adam Wainwright, delivering a reality jolt to the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 9-1 rout Thursday in their NL division series opener. The first eight Cardinals reached safely in the third to chase A.J. Burnett, saddling the right-hander with the...

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Beltran homers, Cards rout Pirates

Carlos Beltran's three-run homer sparked a seven-run third inning and the St. Louis Cardinals got seven stingy innings from Adam Wainwright, delivering a reality jolt to the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 9-1 rout Thursday in their NL division series opener. The first eight Cardinals reached safely in the third to chase A.J. Burnett, saddling the right-hander with the second-shortest...

Carlos Beltran’s Home Run Ties Babe Ruth, Sparks Seven-Run Cardinal Rally (Video)

Major League baseball should probably consider making Carlos Beltran the poster boy for their I Live For This postseason campaigns, if they haven’t already. With Game 1 of the NLDS still scoreless between Pittsburgh and St. Louis, the Cardinals outfielder crushed a mammoth three-run homer down the right field line. The blast sparked what turned into a seven-run third inning rally...

Carlos Beltran ties Babe Ruth with 15th postseason homer

Carlos Beltran’s three-run homer sparked a seven-run third inning that gave the St. Louis Cardinals an early lead of Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium. Beltran’s homer of 443 feet into the second deck off an A.J. Burnett pitch 

St. Louis' Mr. October: Freese steps up big yet again in postseason play

ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Beltran hit the monster homer and Adam Wainwright delivered the dominant start for the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday afternoon. But as Wainwright dissected the 9-1 victory over the Pirates in the NL Division Series, third baseman David Freese was the player he called, "St. Louis' version of Mr. October." "He doesn't need to be saying that...

Wainwright and Cards await Pirates in NLDS

Andrew McCutchen and the Pittsburgh Pirates are riding high from their first postseason victory in 21 years. And now, after beating the Cincinnati Reds in the wild-card game, the Pirates are set to face another familiar foe in an unfamiliar month: the NL Central champion Cardinals in October. Game 1 of their division series is Thursday night in St. Louis. The Cardinals edged the...

Did Mike Matheny make a mistake in starting Lance Lynn in game two?

Yes, I know that hindsight is 20/20 and everyone questions a manager after things go wrong, but when Mike Matheny announced that Lance Lynn would start game 2 of the NLDS earlier this week, my first thought was, why Lance Lynn? Why not Shelby Miller or Joe Kelly or even Michael Wacha? Joe Kelly would seem to be the logical choice, given that he was the Cardinals best starter in...

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MLB Game Picks - Thursday: October 3, 2013

I love Nick Swisher, I do. But his performance in the Wild Card Game last night against the Rays was so reminiscent of past post seasons for him. His first few times up, he had a strikeout and then grounded the ball right into the teeth of the shift when there were no fielders from second base to third. Then, when he had a man on first and third, instead of embracing or understanding...

NLDS Preview: Cardinals Hope to Contain Rival Pirates

In a battle of National League Central foes, the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Division Series starting this evening at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals earned the division crown, overtaking the Pirates over the last two weeks of the regular season. The Redbirds have the experience while the Pirates have a feeling of destiny after reaching...

NLDS Game 1 Preview and Prediction: St. Louis Cardinals Host Pittsburgh Pirates

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NLDS Game 1: Cardinals blister Pirates 9-1

The St Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1 in Game 1 of their NLDS matchup to take a 1-0 series lead. The Pirates really had no chance in this one. Adam Wainwright game out of the gates blazing, and set down the first 11 Pittsburgh hitters in order. Meanwhile, AJ Burnett was melting down on the hill for the Pirates. He allowed three baserunners over the first two...

NLDS 2013 Preview: Pitching

We've broken down the positions, now it's time to look at the pitchers.  The match-ups have been set for GMs 1 & 2, with the Pirates looking to toss Liriano and Morton in GMs 3 & 4 versus the to be determined order from the Cardinals that will include Joe Kelly and Shelby Miller.  All WAR information is from FanGraphs.  GM1: Adam Wainwright (6.2) vs...
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