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While wins go to the team and are created by the players, there are games where a manager can set a scene so precisely; they deserve a share of the victory as well. And Mike Matheny deserves credit for setting the scene for the Game 4 victory.
It is easy for everybody to look good when a game is delivered like what Michael Wacha authored on the mound. Saying he made the most of his first postseason game would be a gross understatement, as he carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning and ran his total of no-hit innings in his last two starts up to 15.1. But unlike his first brush with perfection, this was not at home against a team that had just been eliminated from the postseason as the Nationals were. Rather, this was a game on the road in front of a crazed, 20-year postseason starved city of Pittsburgh that were urging their team on to close out the Cardinals in front of them.
But instead of feeling the pressure, Wacha fed on it and pitched the Cardinals back to another day in t...
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ST. LOUIS -- Matt Carpenter isn't the only leadoff hitter struggling in the Pirates-Cardinals National League Division Series.
Like Carpenter, Pirates left fielder Starling Marte s 1-for-15, and hasn't been on base in the past two games. Marte, who hit .280.343.441 in the regular season, homered and walked in Game 2 but is 0-for-12 in the other three games.
Note: I don’t actually know if Michael Wacha thinks that. The headline is hyperbolic in nature, designed to convey the ideas in the article in a way that make you want to read said article. Michael Wacha might think pitching inside is really smart. I haven’t asked him. I doubt it, though. Yesterday, with his team facing elimination, Michael Wacha shut down the Pirates. Not...
Heading into Game 5 of their NL division series against Pittsburgh, the Cardinals can take comfort in this: They're 7-1 the last three years when facing postseason elimination.
Manager Mike Matheny said poise comes from a mind-set of sticking to routine that is established during spring training.
''We saw it in Pittsburgh, and I anticipate seeing it tomorrow,'&...
PITTSBURGH -- Rookie Michael Wacha took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals showed off their October poise, edging the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Monday and setting up a winner-take-all Game 5 in the NL division series.
The Cardinals tied this playoff matchup and improved to 7-1 over the last three years when facing elimination in the postseason.
Rookie Michael Wacha took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals showed off their October poise, edging the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Monday and setting up a winner-take-all Game 5 in the NL division series.
The Cardinals improved to 7-1 over the last three years when facing elimination in the postseason.
Pedro Alvarez hit his third home run of the series...
If there's a team familiar with facing elimination in recent postseasons, it's the St. Louis Cardinals.
St. Louis may like its chances of keeping its season alive this time based on its history against Charlie Morton.
The Pittsburgh Pirates can advance to the NL Championship Series Monday at home, but they have lost Morton's last seven starts against the Cardinals....
You saw more than an amazing performance from Cardinals
right-hander Michael Wacha on Monday afternoon. You saw more than a
22-year-old rookie step into a postseason elimination game and make
sure that his team would carry the momentum into the decisive fifth
game Wednesday afternoon.
The Cardinals' rookie pitchers have drawn much of the spotlight this season earning acclaim for their poise and effectiveness on the mound in big situations. But they're always quick to divert any praise to the All-Star catcher working behind the plate.
"It's unbelievable working with [Yadier Molina]" said rookie right-hander Michael Wacha fresh off his first...
The Cardinals pinned their hopes on staying alive in the National League division series today on a starting pitcher who was a few months out of college last year.
But Michael Wacha 22 isn’t your ordinary rookie. He had held the Pittsburgh Pirates to two hits and no runs in a seven-inning start in August. He had held the Washington Nationals hitless for 8 2/3 innings in his final...
No. No, it can't. Don't be stupid. I'm talking to you:
WAY TO JINX HIM, ELLIOTT!! "@JoshElliottABC: Five outs left.... #nono #Wacha"— Adina Raye (@AdinaRaye) October 7, 2013
Hey @MLB_TBS you own Wacha and all of #CardinalNation a no hitter you buncha F*CKIN' losers #Jinx— Kevin Urbeck (@theKujo17) October 7, 2013...
Led by Michael Wacha, who threw 7.1 no-hit innings before allowing a homerun to Pedro Alvarez, the Cardinals avoided elimination by beating the Pirates 2-1 this afternoon. Rookies Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal finished off the Pirates from there to send the teams back to St. Louis for game 5.
This is the second straight game where Wacha has flirted with a no-hitter, after...
Cardinals at Pirates — Pirates lead series 2-1
3:00 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
At the ridiculously dumb start time of 3 PM, the Pirates will take the field in hopes of advancing to the NLCS. They could win a playoff series today. It’s been a long time since that happened. If they lose, they’ll get another shot, but it will be on the road against one of...
They don’t get much bigger than this one tonight. The classic David vs. Goliath story: the over-achieve Pirates who haven’t been here in 20+ years against the team that has seemingly been here dozens of times it seems like in recent history.
I’m giving the Pirates way more of a chance to win this one than the rest of the general public is. They have a shot, based on the fact...