LOS ANGELES -- If the Cardinals were passing out postseason game balls ala 2006, they would have had no shortage of worthy candidates from their 4-2 victory over the Dodgers Tuesday night.
There was Matt Holliday with a monster two-run homer that all parties agreed traveled much farther than the estimated 426 feet. There was Shane Robinson and his pinch-hit homer that provided an important insurance run in the seventh. There was Lance Lynn working a gritty 5 13 innings to earn his second win of the series. And there was Matt Carpenter driving in the team's first run since the fifth inning of Game 2 and turning a couple of difficult double plays.
But for this NL Championship Series victory that puts the Cardinals one win away from the World Series, manager Mike Matheny should take a bow. From his decision to start Lynn again even after he struggled in his previous start, every move Matheny made worked out for the Cardinals.
Start with the lineup. At a time of year when managers do...