Columnists and reporters from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch will be sharing their views with Los Angeles Times readers during the National League Championship Series.
By getting all tangled up in (Dodger) blue in Game 3, the
There will be no chance of a St. Louis celebration Tuesday, no chance of the Cardinals sweeping the
If anything, during a messy and hopelessly incompetent 3-0 loss to the Dodgers on Monday in Game 3, the Cardinals played as if they had overindulged in champagne.
This was one fuzzy-headed performance.
Cardinals hitters were owned by Dodgers lefthanded starter
Instead of having a locked-down 3-0 series lead, the Cardinals gave the Dodgers hope, confidence, a chance to get dangerous hitter
The Cardinals still lead this best-of-seven competition, two games to one, so let's offer an encouraging assessment: If
At this point, that qualifies as an overly optimistic slant, because the St. Louis offense has vanished. And this series is starting to look a little like the 2012 NLCS, when the Cardinals experienced systematic failure to lose three consecutive games and blow a 3-1 series lead to the San Francisco Giants.
Am I being premature in my anxiety?
This much is certain for now: The Dodgers were defanged, down and demoralized after the first two games. And the Cardinals helped them get to their feet by playing one of their worst games of the season.
And if the Cardinals allow the Dodgers to tie this series 2-2, all of the momentum shifts to Los Angeles, and all of the pressure creeps to the St. Louis side.
If this series goes the full seven, the Dodgers would start (in order) Zack Greinke,
If the current alignment stays in place, here's what Greinke, Kershaw and Ryu did to the Cardinals in the first go-round: 21 innings, two earned runs, and nine hits allowed in 68 at-bats, a batting average of .132.
Through three games of this NLCS, the Cardinals have scored four runs, three earned, and are batting .134. They have scored two runs in the last 28 innings.
The offense is missing, just as it went missing against San Francisco last year, and Manager Mike Matheny and batting coach John Mabry had better locate it, and soon.