Originally written October 10, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
Just like their regular season series, the NLDS matchup between the Cardinals and Pirates was as close as could be, with St. Louis needing the full five games to advance to the NLCS for the third consecutive year. Here are five observations from the five-game set. 1. You don't want to face Adam Wainwright in the playoffs. Wainwright's Game 5 start was his sixth career postseason start. It was the fifth start in which he allowed one earned run and the fourth in which he went at least seven innings. The only real clunker Wainwright has had in his postseason career was Game 5 in last year's NLDS against the Nationals, and luckily for the Cardinals, Gio Gonzalez had just as much trouble as Waino did. The Dodgers' pitching is going to get most of the attention in the NLCS (and rightfully so with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke), but Wainwright is more than capable of going toe-to-toe in a pitching duel with anyone. Now a couple seasons removed from the Tommy John s...
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