In the decisive game five of the NLDS between the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cardinals are very confident and for good reason. They fought hard and won a difficult game against a great team in a very difficult place to play. Now they have to repeat the feat on their home field with their ace Adam Wainwright on the mound fully rested. Why shouldn’t they be confident? Anyone would in their position. They should be careful not to overstep being confident into becoming arrogant and overlooking the Pirates and their starter Gerrit Cole.
The Cardinals were shut down big time by Cole in game two. They had the momentum going into that game and every single one of them figured they would go up two games to zero after slugging it out with the impressive young starter from the Pirates. Cole didn’t allow it however and won the game, instantly increasing his star value.
As far as the Pirates go, they have a huge task in facing Wainwright but they know him well. The Cardinals have seen Cole just once this year and it was a few days ago. He will not be rattled and he will be ready. If the Cardinals walk into the game planning to ride a shutout by Wainwright and work a run or two on Cole, they very well might be severely disappointed.
Cole is young but he has every bit the talent to match Wainwright or even better him in this game. The saving grace for the Cardinals will be the same as it has been all season long: Mike Matheny. He will not allow his hot headed hitters to overlook this kid. If they win this game, that will be the only reason why.