10/10/2013 | Position breakdown: NLCS evenly matched
If the regular season is any indication, this year's NL Championship Series should be an absolute thriller, as the Dodgers took four of seven from the Cardinals this year.
10/10/2013 | Rotations in spotlight as Cards clash with Dodgers
With a 6-1 win over the Pirates in Game 5 of the National League Division Series on Wednesday, the Cardinals sealed an NL Championship Series matchup against the NL West-champion Dodgers. The two teams faced each other seven times this season, though the results of those head-to-head games may not be all that accurate an indicator for what's on tap.
10/10/2013 | Cards' celebration familiar, but no less sweet
After Adam Wainwright unleashed his 107th pitch of the night to strike out Pedro Alvarez, red and white confetti went floating in the autumn air, along with anticipation of a third consecutive appearance in the National League Championship Series for the Cardinals.
10/10/2013 | Cardinals-Dodgers a classic heavyweight matchup
Look, there's no delicate way to say this, so I'll just come right out and say it: I'm bummed the Pirates did not advance to the National League Championship Series. But if the Bucs couldn't go all the way, then Dodgers-Cardinals is one heck of a consolation prize.
10/10/2013 | When it matters most, Waino true definition of ace
One major difference between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Division Series can be summed up in two words: Adam Wainwright.
10/10/2013 | For McCutchen, little opportunity to play hero
Andrew McCutchen, who batted .278 in the National League Division Series despite his 0-for-4 Game 5, was afforded the tiniest of windows to be the hero for the Pirates.
10/10/2013 | NLCS opens new chapter for storied clubs
When Los Angeles visits St. Louis for Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Friday at Busch Stadium (airing on TBS), two storied franchises and two powerhouse 25-man rosters will be on display.
10/9/2013 | Cards on familiar ground vs. Dodgers in NLCS
The Cardinals may be used to all this, having earned seven playoff berths, three pennants and two World Series titles over the past decade. But the Dodgers are not, relying on an almost entirely new cast of characters to reach their first postseason in four years.
10/9/2013 | Road to the World Series: Oct. 10, 2013
The Road to the World Series made a few familiar turns in the decisive Game 5 of the NL Division Series between the Cardinals and Pirates, the only playoff game on Wednesday night.
10/9/2013 | Decisions loom for Bucs, free agents like Burnett
The Pirates' clubhouse was full of brave smiles and heartfelt hugs Wednesday night, as if players wanted to wrap up in the spirit of 2013 -- when the Bucs ended two decades of losing records and appeared in the postseason for the first time since 1992. Of course, there always comes a time to let go. This is especially true of Pittsburgh's potential free agents.
10/9/2013 | Season ends, but Pirates' revival just beginning
Wednesday night hurt. Thursday will come with pain, too. There is actually pleasure in that, because it is the pain of privilege. And it comes with a bookmark. Managers of all postseason losers tell their teams the same thing. And now Clint Hurdle was able to tell his Pirates, "Don't forget this feeling. Come back next year and build on it."
10/9/2013 | Oct. 9 Adam Wainwright postgame interview
Adam Wainwright spoke to the media after the Cardinals' Game 5 series-clinching victory over the Pirates.
10/9/2013 | Bucs' offense snuffed by Wainwright, double plays
On a night when scoring was hard to come by and their only run came on a trio of fluky infield hits, the Pirates met their match. It was singularly in the form of Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright, and their fate was handed down partly by way of a couple of poorly placed line drives.
10/9/2013 | Birds of praise: Wainwright, Cardinals soar to NLCS
With the support of another elimination-game home run from David Freese and stingy defense behind him, Adam Wainwright went the distance and pitched the Cardinals to a 6-1 win over a Pirates team that had pestered them all season. It was the third victory the Cardinals needed to move out of the NL Division Series and on to a NL Championship Series showdown with the Dodgers.
10/9/2013 | NL Central rivals deliver classic Division Series
The National League Division Series between the Pirates and Cardinals proved to be a matchup of NL Central powers who probably ought to get used to seeing each other this time of year.
10/9/2013 | Cards likely to tab Kelly or Lynn to open NLCS
Mike Matheny has an idea on his club's National League Championship Series rotation plans, but in the midst of celebrating a 6-1 victory over the Pirates in Game 5 of the NL Division Series, the Cardinals' skipper wasn't ready to divulge them.
10/9/2013 | Cole looks like ace despite loss in Game 5
Gerrit Cole, who paid for a homer he allowed to David Freese by being charged with the loss in Wednesday's 6-1 decision that sent the Cardinals to the National League Championship Series and sent the Pirates home, took it the way he's done everything else since being called to the Majors in June.
10/9/2013 | Freese further cements name in October lore
David Freese's postseason heroics in 2011 -- a walk-off homer in Game 6 of the World Series -- have enshrined him as a hometown idol. And after Wednesday's Game 5 of the National League Division Series, those cheers in St. Louis may get even louder.
10/9/2013 | Stifled behind Cole, Bucs eliminated from postseason
With David Freese's early two-run homer off Gerrit Cole propping up cool Adam Wainwright's pitching, the Cardinals prevailed, 6-1, in Wednesday night's Game 5 of the National League Division Series, and the Pirates hit the end of the road.
10/9/2013 | Alvarez sets RBI mark, downplays history in loss
Pirates slugger Pedro Alvarez wanted more, but at least he pushed across the team's first run against Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright with two outs in the seventh inning of the deciding fifth game of the National League Division Series on Wednesday night. Alvarez's RBI was his sixth of the series and seventh of the postseason. He is the first player in Major League history to drive in a run in each of his first six playoff games.
10/9/2013 | Bringing back Girardi is Yankees' best move
General manager Brian Cashman has a lot of work to do this offseason with the Yankees, but his re-signing of his manager takes care of the biggest thing on his check list. In Joe Girardi, the Yankees have one of baseball's best on the job, and the 2013 season might have been his finest hour as a manager.
10/9/2013 | Ethier on track for expanded role in NLCS
Hobbled Hanley Ramirez was kept indoors, but healing Andre Ethier was running down fly balls in the gap Wednesday as the Dodgers worked out at Dodger Stadium in preparation for Friday's start of the National League Championship Series.
10/9/2013 | A View From Studio 3: Singing Salty's praises
Between the Silver Sluggers and Cy Young hopefuls are a group of players this October who just don't seem to get their due on a national level. Guys who, in certain circles, are more valuable than their numbers may dictate. Front and center in that group is Boston Red Sox 28-year-old catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
10/9/2013 | Athletics hope Game 5 is Sonny's day
For the second time in five days at O.co Coliseum, A's rookie Sonny Gray will be facing veteran Detroit right-hander and former AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander, who has owned the A's in his last three ALDS starts during the past two postseasons.
10/9/2013 | Melvin mulling Colon, Parker for relief roles
The choice not to start Bartolo Colon in Game 5 of the American League Division Series was difficult enough for A's manager Bob Melvin. Deciding whether to use him out of the bullpen for Thursday's elimination affair may prove even harder.
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