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St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals got to the playoffs by sneaking in as the second wild card in the National League, finally clinching the berth for good on the second to last day of the season. Then, they stormed into Atlanta and knocked off the top wild card Braves thanks to Atlanta's sloppiness defensively, and with a little bit of help from the umpires. The Nationals on the other hand, rolled through the National League this year, winning a major league best 98 games and leading the NL East for most of the season.
Both of these teams have great starting pitching, but Washington will be missing their key weapon from the regular season, Stephen Strasburg. That doesn't mean they're doomed however, as top NL Cy Young candidate Gio Gonzalez will be starting Sunday's series opener in St Louis, and potentially game five in Washington. The Nationals' other young ace, Jordan Zimmermann, will be starting game two on Monday, and veteran (and former Cardinal) Edwin Jac...
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ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia didn't feel right during his normal between-start bullpen session a few days ago. But, thinking it was just the regular soreness that most pitchers deal with this time of year, he kept quiet.Three walks, two hits and a run later, Garcia had no choice but to fess up to his discomfort after the bottom of the second inning of Monday'...
Before the St. Louis Cardinals dropped Game 1 of the 2012 National League Division Series to the visiting Washington Nationals on Sunday due to a combination of misfortunes in the seventh and eighth innings, starting pitcher Adam Wainwright kept his team in the game.
For the first 5 2/3 innings, the right-hander held the Nats’ offense to a single run on six hits. Wainwright secured...
NLDS Game 1: Nationals 3, Cardinals 2. Ugh. So this is playoff baseball? Really, the only reason Tyler Moore got to play hero in the 8th with that clutch 2-run pinch hit single was because of the magic trick Ryan Mattheus pulled off in the bottom of the 7th, entering a bases loaded, no outs sh*t-storm and cleaning it up with 2 pitches.
And then there was that catch by Jayson Werth...
ST. LOUIS -- Pinch hitter Tyler Moore blooped a two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals won in their postseason debut, beating the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals in 3-2 Sunday in an NL playoff opener. The Nationals overcame a wild start by 21-game winner Gio Gonzalez, then watched their bullpen shut down St. Louis in the late...
ST. LOUIS -- After getting just three hits and squandering numerous chances in a tough 3-2 loss Sunday in Game 1, most figured the Cardinals offense would have a better day Monday in Game 2.Not many could have expected this. The Cardinals erupted for 13 hits, four home runs and 12 runs in a 12-4 rout of the Washington Nationals at Busch Stadium.The win evened the best-of-five series...
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman is not even on the Cardinals active roster for the club's National League Division Series match-up with the Washington Nationals.
The switch-hitter has barely been able to contribute at all in 2012. Even though Berkman has not, and will not, be able to do much on the field, the Cardinals still look for his leadership in...
If someone had posed the question, "Who would be the biggest heroes of the first postseason victory in Nationals history?" I doubt that anyone would have answered, "Ryan Mattheus and Tyler Moore."
Mattheus is a middle-inning reliever, Moore a rookie first baseman-outfielder. Yet on Sunday -- a day that left-hander Gio Gonzalez issued seven walks and Nationals...
I didn’t get to watch much of this, so add your own in the comments, but here are some labels from the Nats’ 12-4 loss at St. Louis.
Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche — Back-to-back jacks were nice.
Jordan Zimmermann — Seven hits and five runs in three innings. His second-worst start of the season. Not what the Nats needed heading into the Jackson-Detwiler portion...
"I remember being like, ‘Oh, there it is!’ ...Everything happened at the last second....I’m telling you, if I didn’t go in the shadow, I don’t know if I catch the ball." (Jayson Werth, via Washington Post, 10/7/2012)
And so, there were heroes aplenty for the Nats during Game 1 of the NLDS on Sunday, including Jayson Werth, who battled the sun and was saved...
So far on Outside the Boxscore, we've shown you some memorable 2012 MLB postseason catches from Braves outfielder Jason Heyward and Giants first baseman Brandon Belt. The latest to add to the list is St. Louis Cardinals outfielder John Jay who robbed a Nationals hitter during game two of the NLDS. Watch as he takes a hit away from Washington's Danny Espinoza in the sixth...
Pinch hitter Tyler Moore blooped a two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals won in their postseason debut, beating the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals in 3-2 Sunday in an NL playoff opener.
The Nationals overcame a wild start by 21-game winner Gio Gonzalez, then watched their bullpen shut down St. Louis in the late innings. Ahead...
The magical day that all Washington Nationals fans have been waiting for has arrived. The Nats postseason starts today against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Since 2005, it was really hard to imagine this day would ever come through the trials, tribulations, and 100 loss seasons, but it has. The National League Division Series starts today.
The St Louis Cardinals smashed the Washington Nationals 12-4 on Monday in game two of their NL Division Series matchup, evening the series at one game apiece.
In the first two innings, St Louis starter Jaime Garcia did his first impersonation of Gio Gonzalez on Sunday, walking three batters and not looking like himself at all. Of course, just like the Cardinals yesterday, the...
(Okay Nats Insider, we see your "Am-Busched" headline and we raise you a "Beaten around the Busch".)
NLDS Game 2: Cardinals 12, Nationals 4. Split. Oh sure, the Nats had some chances, but the Cardinals didn't let 'em off the ropes. Now go home and win a 3 game series.
Jordan Zimmermann pretty much stunk out the joint: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 K, 1 HR...
Adam Wainwright was a spectator last fall, cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals from the bench as they rose from wild card to World Series champions.
It's a lot more fun being part of the action.
''Looking back on it, it really hits me when autograph seekers hand me a ball and it's a 2011 World Series ball, and then they take it back and say `No, No, sign this one...