Updated 10/14/13: It’s not over yet, but it certainly feels like the St. Louis Cardinals are going to be fighting for their 12th World Series ring in franchise history next week in the Fall Classic. They have a 2-0 series lead against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and they have already withstood the two best bullets that are going to come out of the pistol of Manager Don Mattingly.
Mattingly has already sent both LHP Clayton Kershaw and RHP Zack Greinke to the hill. Both pitched well, but neither was good enough to get a victory when push came to shove. The Cardinals only have nine hits and four runs in two games, but that has been good enough, and now, they are in the driver’s seat. The only thing that St. Louis had on its side in Games 1 and 2 was home field advantage, and we think that had a lot to do with the success that this team had. Can it win a game on the road? That’s might be the difference between winning and losing this series, as the Cards know that they can finish this one off here at Dodger Stadium.
Looking ahead to the rest of this series, Mattingly might never be able to get his guns up again in this one. Unless Greinke is pitching on three days rest in Game 4, not only is LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu going to have to pitch, but so is the man that is feared most in this rotation by his own fans, RHP Ricky Nolasco. That means that one of those games has to be won, and oh by the way, the first of those games comes against RHP Adam Wainwright. If Wainwright pitches as well in his first go-around in this series as he did in his two starts against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NLDS, this series could become 3-0 on Monday in shocking fashion. The Cardinals opened up as the +120 underdogs on the NLCS odds, but they could be storming to a 1 to 20 favorite or so very soon.
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Odds To Win 2013 NL Pennant at JustBet Sportsbook
Los Angeles Dodgers +335
St. Louis Cardinals -460