For the second time in three years and for the fourth time in ten years, the St. Louis Cardinals will be representing the National League in the World Series.
What a difference a year makes. Up 3-1 in the 2012 NLCS, the San Francisco Giants won three in a row to break the spirit of St. Louis.
Lightning would not strike down St. Louis twice however. The Cardinals absolutely dominated the Dodgers in Game 6 defeating them 9-0. Rookie Michael Wacha pitched seven scoreless innings allowing only two hits. Conversely, probable NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw was tagged with seven runs in four plus innings pitched. Toss in two throwing errors by Yasiel Puig and it was disaster for the Dodgers. It was a disappointing end to a remarkable season that saw the Dodgers go from worst to first in the space of a month thus saving Don Mattingly's job. Alas, Donnie Baseball still doesn't get to go the World Series.
The only thing that is worse for the Dodgers than Mattingly's missed opportunities is that Vin Scully won't have a chance to call one more World Series. Well, wait until next year I suppose.
For pitching 13 1/3 scoreless innings against the Dodgers and besting Kershaw twice, Wacha was named NLCS MVP. The frightening thing is that the kid is just getting started and the best is yet to come.
This marks the 19th time the Cardinals will play in the World Series. The Cardinals have won 11 of their 18 previous Fall Classic matchups with their most recent triumph taking place in 2011 against the Texas Rangers.
St. Louis will head either to Boston or Detroit to begin Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night. The Red Sox have a 3-2 lead in the ALCS and could clinch the AL pennant on Saturday night. However, a victory by the Tigers forces a seventh and deciding game on Sunday.
The excitement continues to build.
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