Found October 08, 2011 on
The baseball gods who have been oh-so-gracious lately have now graced us with a little venom, tension, bad blood and hurt feelings, all encompassed in a National League Championship Series pitting the Brewers and Cardinals.
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Jon Jay was held out of the Cardinals' Game 5 lineup on Friday, as manager Tony La Russa made a tactical switch against Phillies ace Roy Halladay. Skip Schumaker started in center field, with Nick Punto filling in at second base.
PHILADELPHIA Don't count out these St. Louis Cardinals.
They don't know when to call it a season.
"This club was hit by a lot of stuff the first four months of the season," said manager Tony La Russa. "The guys just decided we were going to play every game like it's Game 7 of the World Series, and they did it every day for six weeks."
Game 1 of the National League Championship Series got away so fast, it left Cardinals manager Tony La Russa flat-footed in the dugout. With bombs exploding at Miller Park, with the pitching mound opening up like a pit of quicksand to swallow Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia, the future Hall of Fame manager didn't react.
The "Rally Squirrel" that has made a handful of appearances at Busch Stadium during the National League Division Series may not be around if the St. Louis Cardinals advance in the postseason.
KMOX Radio in St. Louis reported Friday that stadium employees have set up seven humane traps to catch the squirrel. The traps have peanut butter and close behind the squirrel once...
The Cardinals, who led the National League in runs scored, won the fifth game of their division series on Friday because their own ace, Chris Carpenter, beat the Phillies at their own game.
Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols and Brewers counterpart Prince Fielder expect they'll be constantly compared to each other in the NL championship series that begins Sunday. Both say it has nothing to do with who ultimately reaches the World Series. The 31-year-old Pujols is a three-time MVP and two-time Gold Glove winner.
Chris Carpenter tossed a three-hitter to outpitch old pal Roy Halladay in a duel for the ages, and the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0, on Friday night in the deciding Game 5 of their National League playoff series.
As the Yankees couldn't out-hit their pitching issues, even the Phillies' Four Aces couldn't out-pitch their hitting issues or Chris Carpenter in Game 5, sending the Cardinals forward in the postseason they weren't supposed to reach.
Tony La Russa, the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, and Jim Leyland, the manager of the Detroit Tigers, have concluded that there were certain advantages to being the underdog and visiting team in an elimination game.
It's not how you start, it's how you finish. No team knows that better than the St. Louis Cardinals, who will kick off the National League Championship Series against a familiar foe in the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park this afternoon.