Here we are once again: the St. Louis Cardinals are up 3-1 in the NLCS after a solid team outing in Game 3 that left baseball fans shaking their heads and saying “that’s the Cardinals.” St. Louis didn’t play well overall, but got help from unlikely sources to halt a Los Angeles Dodgers rally before it ever got started and now the Cards are again one game away from another World Series trip.
The Cardinals are hitting a measly .148 as a team in the NCLS, yet they’ve won three out of four games against the dynamic Dodgers, who are just as surprised as the rest of us that this series is 3-1 at this point. But that’s just what St. Louis does: it gets help from literally everyone because there are no weak links on the team. Heck, pinch hitter Shane Robinson had a home run in the seventh to put the game away when L.A. was threatening to get back in it.
So now the series shifts back to St. Louis for Game 5, which really shouldn’t be an easy win for the Cardinals, although it seems like we’re actually expecting that. One thing is for sure: the 2013 Cardinals are much different than the team that choked away a 3-1 lead in last year’s NLCS, but they’re not out of the woods yet.