Vaughn: History favors Cardinals to take NLCS

Vaughn: History favors Cardinals to take NLCS

Vaughn: History favors Cardinals to take NLCS

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by Doug Vaughn / News 4 Sports

KMOV.com

Posted on October 21, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 9:24 AM

SAN FRANCISCO, Ca. (BaseballStL) -- Despite winning game 5 in St. Louis, the Giants still have a lot of history working against them as they try to come back from a 3 games to 1 deficit.

Since the League Championship Series went to a seven game format in 1985, only six teams have ever rebounded from a 3-1 hole to win the series. In fact, in baseball history only 11 of 76 MLB teams that have fallen behind 3-1 in the NLCS, ALCS and World Series have come back to win.

The Giants though, have already made a bit of postseason history. They're the only team ever to stave off elimination with a road victory four times in a single postseason.

Here's some more interesting history. Chris Carpenter, the Cardinals starter tonight, is one of only 10 pitchers in MLB history with 10 career postseason wins. Andy Pettite is the only other active pitcher on that list. Petite holds the record with 19 postseason victories. Carpenter has 10. If he can get number 11 tonight he'll keep the Cardinals on pace to go 12 in '12.

It's windy and cool in San Francisco. A strong breeze blowing in off the bay might make it very hard to hit one out of this park tonight. Could make for an interesting Carpenter vs Ryan Vogelsong pitcher's duel. Heavy rain is in the forecast for tomorrow, so hopefully the Cardinals can get this wrapped up tonight and avoid a possible rainout for game 7.

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