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The St. Louis Cardinals have won the 2011 NLCS with a 12-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 6.
It is the Cardinals’ 18th NL pennant, the most in NL history. The Cardinals will attempt to win their 11th World Series title against the Texas Rangers. The Redbirds won their last World Series title in 2006.
Cardinals third baseman and St. Louis native David Freese was named NLCS MVP. Freese went 12-for-23 with 3 homeruns and 9 RBIs in the NLCS.
I would be disinclined to bet against the Cardinals. First, they came back from a ten and a half game deficit in the NL Wild Card in late August and overcame the Atlanta Braves on the last day of the regular season. Then they upended the heavily favored Philadelphia Phillies in the NLDS and have now overcome the powerhouse Brewers in the NLCS.
Interestingly, the Cardinals starting pitching was ineffective. Chris Carpenter was the only starter to pitch five innings during the NLCS. One could make the case the St. Louis bullpen should have shared the NLCS MVP with Freese.
The Cardinals now look forward to a happy flight back to St. Louis where the World Series will begin on Wednesday night.
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