I'll try to have a fancy game thread later, but I don't have time right now.
Discuss the NLDS here.
I think game 1 is very important. Shut the pirates down and get doubts in their head, a total beat down, 7-1, 10-3. Something like that.
Go cards! Time to hoist another banner
Sack Total: 12
Im interested to see who starts game 3
Bird Bytes: Miller or Wacha? Follow the changeup
More: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/colum...QL9AQ.facebookIt’ll be interesting to see how manager Mike Matheny sets his NLDS rotation for Games 3 and 4 in Pittsburgh.
As you know, Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn will start the first two games at Busch Stadium. That puts Wainwright in line for a potential Game 5 at Busch.
Matheny’s choice of Lynn over Shelby Miller for Game 2 created some buzz.
I know it sounds weird to leave Miller in the bullpen but it's 1 series and he just matches up bad with the pirates. Kelly and Wacha have to start those games IMO even though Miller is the best pitcher of the 3 right now it just a bad match up
Bernie's article about it was great.
miller can be used in the pen and then return to the rotation in the NLCS if we advance
yeah i agree shelby should see as little of Pitt as possible. Hopefully he is understanding of that
I would think he would, obviously he would be disappointed for sure but it's not like anyone is saying he's bad don't face him vs the pirates.
It's just a bad match up, it happens. And we could very well see it being Miller over Wacha but that would be a mistake IMO
Miller is a fastball pitcher and he likes to use his fastball often and work in a curve, he is working on some other pitches but now isn't the time and the pirates are a fastball killing team.
Fastballs up in the zone could be very bad, look what happened to that dumb **** Cueto
Miller and Wacha will be available game 1 for relief work, Kelly will start game 3, there's time for rest between game 1 and 4 so both could pitch in relief if needed
Wacha or Miller will be in bullpen first round, likely starter after this round
is anyone else not surprised at all that Lynn is starting game 2? Everyone seems to be making a big deal out of it, but the idea of Lynn going game 2 seemed pretty obvious to me.
9-3 2.82 era at home
6-7 5.15 era away
^ before looking at Shelby Miller's stats I was shocked but after seeing how be was roughed up by the pirates it's not so shocking
It's the right call IMO after looking at Miller's numbers. Wainwright and Lynn give us a great chance to take the first 2 games and Kelly has been good vs pirates. If we can just get a couple runs vs liriano in game 3 we could have a legit shot in taking it in 3
I don't think the pirates rotation is as good as ours and if we are only facing liriano 1 time in think we are in really good shape.
But I do think we only lose these 2 games at home if we cost ourselves by not driving in the runs or Bad defense or something like that.
So right now I'm really thinking cards in 4