Game 6 Preview: Cardinals Try To Close It Out


Aug 6, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese (23) tags out Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe (5) on a sacrifice play. The Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

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In 1996, the St. Louis Cardinals had a 3-1 lead in the NLCS over the Atlanta Braves. They ended up losing the series in 7 games. The same thing happened last year against the San Francisco Giants. Now the Cardinals will try to buck history and end the series tonight at Busch Stadium. So who has the edge tonight?

Starting Pitcher: Dodgers

Michael Wacha is outstanding but Clayton Kershaw is on another level.
That doesn’t mean Kershaw can’t have a bad game but on paper, the Dodgers have the edge.

Bullpen: Cardinals

Shelby Miller in long relief, Seth Maness , John Axford, Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal? That wins every time.

Hitting: Push

Both teams are not swinging the bats well sans Game 5. Hopefully both teams have figured out each other and we might be ably to see some offense. I would give a slight edge to the Dodgers because Matt Adams is just not hitting and Allen Craig’s injury is putting this team at a disadvantage.

Manager: Cardinals

Two straight NLCS trips in the first two years is pretty impressive. However, if he blows another 3-1 series lead, he might not be well liked in St. Louis.

Who has the edge in Game 6?

I would say the Dodgers have a slight edge. They are feeling good about beating the Cardinals at home. Now they get one of the best pitchers in this era of baseball versus a rookie. You have to think the Dodgers feel pretty good right now. The Cardinals may be going through a “not this again” moment as a ball club after last year.

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