As game three of the NLCS between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers draws near, the Cardinals are in as good of a position as any team has ever been in going into a game three. They are up two games to none and because of their starting rotation being flipped around early on; have their ace going now with a two to none lead in the series. Adam Wainwright’s job is simple. All he has to do is go out, toe the rubber and be himself in spite of the outrageously loud fans in Los Angeles.
If he has his A or B game and can go pitch his game, this series is going to be over very soon. Wainwright is one of the most consistently solid pitchers in the game. When he is on, he dominates anyone he faces. When he does not quite have his great stuff, he still dominates most teams and at least keeps the team in the game. He has the ability to go nine innings if his pitch count is anywhere close to reasonable.
With a two to none lead, Wainwright might be the best weapon anyone has ever thrown out in a game three. To be able to toss your ace in such a situation is an unthinkably great situation. If the Cardinals win this game three, the series will be basically over. All he has to do to get that to happen is to go out and be himself. Yadier Molina and the boys behind him on the field doing their part would complete the rest of the process.
The only thing going against the Cardinals in this game is the law of averages. There was also little reason to think the Dodgers would lose the first two games because they were throwing their aces against the non-aces of the Cardinals. The fact that the Cardinals won both of those games actually gives the Dodgers hope in this game in a fantastically ironic way.