Former Cardinals OF Schumaker hoping for repeat of last year

Former Cardinals OF Schumaker hoping for repeat of last year

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 11: Skip Schumaker #55 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts during Game One of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 11, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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by Brian Feldman, BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 2:01 PM

(BaseballStL) -- While a big storyline for the Cardinals right now is hoping to avoid what happened in 2012 when the Giants came back from a 3-1 series deficit in the NLCS, there is one person on that team hoping it happens again.

He also happens to be on the Dodgers now.

"I've seen it happen," former Cardinal and current Dodger Skip Schumaker said. "That's what I'm hoping happens on our side. We have our pitchers lined up so if St. Louis beats us they do it against our best guys."

It's only natural, too, for Schumaker to be able to give his Los Angeles teammates hints as to what these young Cardinals pitchers are like. After all, he did play for them for eight years. But the 33-year old hasn't been much help.

"A lot of guys are looking to me for scouting reports and I haven't faced them. I don't even know who they are," Schumaker said. "When you don't have too many at-bats versus certain guys going into a postseason it's very difficult. The matchup is tough because you don't know what they have."

Schumaker has seen these young pitchers a little bit. He saw them briefly in spring training before they left camp for their minor league season. And he's not at all surprised that they've now come up and taken the league by storm.

"They're riding some very talented kids over there. It seems like they're coming up one after another throwing 95 plus. Guys like (Carlos) Martinez, (Kevin) Siegrist, they're putting them in some very tough spots. They're here for a reason."

While the Cardinals have not exactly played the cleanest of series - they're still hitting below .150 as a team during the LCS and have had several defensive miscues - the Dodgers haven't played all that well either. Nick Punto getting picked off at second base by Carlos Martinez in the 7th inning of Game 3 epitomizes their frustration.

But Schumaker says that's not why the Dodgers are down 3-1 in this series to his former team.

"The bigger story is their pitchers have made big pitches when they've needed to. This series could be turned around the other way, us up 3-1, with just a couple of key hits with runners in scoring position. That just hasn't happened yet."

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