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In a 0-2 hole, can the Dodgers still win this series?

The short answer is: Of course they can.
The real question is: what is the likelihood of that happening?
What the Cardinals have done over the past two games is stunning: they’ve managed to take every advantage of even the smallest Dodgers mistake and exploit it to the fullest. They’ve taken every LA weakness and poked it til it’s bled. This isn’t an indictment on the Dodgers, a 92-win squad who could damn well still be the best team in the National League. It’s a testament to just how great this St. Louis Cardinals team.
I sat in my buddy’s apartment on Saturday afternoon, still exhausted from the 13-inning marathon the night before that ran until after 1am Eastern Time and about $170 in our bar tab. It’s not a good sign when the players you’re watching on TV are slinking down as deeply on the bench as you are on the couch.
The camera had zeroed in on a sullen Yasiel Puig, face in his hands as he had just wailed at pitch after pitch from a fellow rookie Michael Wacha. The sublime right hander carved Puig up, striking him out yet again. Yasiel looked as dejected as we’ve ever seen him, not surprising considering how little he had come up in such big spots in his previous Bush Stadium ABs.
It was the fifth inning. Puig finished the day going 0-10 in his first two NLCS games with six strikeouts.… Read more...

NLCS Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers at St Louis Cardinals

National League Championship Series: Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals
Objectively, what a fantastic matchup in the NLCS. The Dodgers and the Cardinals are very clearly the two best teams in the National League, going damn near toe to toe in every single aspect of the game. No two pitchers in the playoffs have been as good as Adam Wainwright and Clayton Kershaw…except for maybe rookie Michael Wacha, who could be countered pitch for pitch with Zack Greinke. This is the battle of the heavyweights in every sense, as the two most important franchises in the National League slug it out in what should be (spoiler alert!) a seven game classic.
Subjectively, this is the most harrowing situation any Dodgers fan could hope for.
But before we deep dive into a fan’s tangled bramble of accursed sports insecurity, we can’t understand where we’re going until we understand where we’ve been. … Read more...

NLDS Preview: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates & Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves

Should we even mess around with the narrative? The MLB Playoffs officially began on Tuesday with the first of two single elimination Wild Card play-in games, but starting our MAMBINO previews with those contests can be an exercise in futility. We’ve waited until the Elite Eight were set in order to unleash our full swath of previews onto an unsuspecting, undemanding, unrelenting public.
Now that at least the National League picture is settled, let’s take a look, MAMBINO style, on the matchups at hand. If you’ve been delinquent on your baseball watching for the first 162 (or 163) of the season, you’ve come to the right place to catch up. First, the best of five games National League Division Series.
Pittsburgh Pirates (Wild Card) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champion)
Why will the Cardinals prevail in 4?
Anything the Pirates do, the Cards can do better. Well, almost.
Starting pitching? Pittsburgh will have a fearsome trio in A.J. Burnett (3.30 ERA, 209 Ks in 191 innings), Gerrit Cole (3.22 ERA, 100 Ks in 117 innings) and Wild Card game winner Francisco Liriano (3.02 ERA, 161 Ks in 163 innings). More than fearsome, maybe. Devastating.
To counter, St. Louis throws out a probable top-3 Cy Young vote getter in Adam Wainwright (2.94 ERA, 219 Ks in 241 innings) and a probable top-5 Rookie of the Year vote getter in Shelby Miller (3.06 ERA, 169 Ks in 173 innings). They’ll be accompanied by Lance Lynn (3.97 ERA, 198 Ks in 201 innings) and probably rookie Michael Wacha (2.78 ERA, 65 Ks in 64 innings), who merely threw a damn near no-hitter in his last outing. … Read more...