LOS ANGELES -- If the pattern holds, the Cardinals' offense will break through Tuesday night.
That would be the every-fourth-game pattern, of course. Think about it. The Cardinals opened the postseason with a nine-run outburst against the Pirates. The bats then turned cold for three games. Just in time for Game 5 of the NL Division Series, they woke up and scored six runs. Since then, three more games and a total of four runs.
So this being the fourth game, the Cardinals are due for a big night against Dodgers right-hander Ricky Nolasco, the scheduled Game 4 starter.
While this is an admittedly small and silly sample size, it's as good a way to forecast the randomness of the postseason as any. There are at least two other reasons, however, to think the Cardinals will produce more than the four singles they managed in Game 3 Monday night.
Nolasco has not done much for the Dodgers lately. In his first 12 starts after being traded by the Marlins, the 30-year-old right-hander w...