Will Cards bats wake up?

Will Cards bats wake up?

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 21: Allen Craig #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after striking out in the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants in Game Six of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 21, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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by Doug Vaughn, BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on October 22, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 10:19 AM

(BaseballStL) -- What's happened to the Cardinals hitters? They've made Ryan Vogelsong and Barry Zito look like former Giant greats Juan Marichal and Carl Hubbell the last two games. The Cardinals have a total of 12 hits and 1 run combined in games five and six. Last night they struck out nine times against Vogelsong, the most K's he's ever had in his career. Somebody in the Cardinals lineup had better come to life or the season ends tonight.

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It seems likely the Cardinals will be without Matt Holliday again tonight. He had an MRI performed on his back. He was in pain last night and didn't even watch the game from the dugout. Horrible time for Holliday to go down, but at least his replacement, Matt Carpenter, has a history of success facing Matt Cain. Carpenter is 5 for 6 against Cain, including a homerun against him in game 3. Jon Jay has also had success against Cain, going 4 for 5 while facing San Francisco's ace.

Kyle Lohse is exactly the pitcher you would want on the mound tonight. With the season on the line you want your best pitcher on the hill, and Lohse has unquestionably been the Cards best this season. He won 16 in the regular season and could easily have won 20 with better run support. Lohse is 2-0 with a 1.96 era this postseason. He beat the Giants in game 3. If the Cardinals can't beat the Giants with Lohse, having once led the series three games to one, then they don't deserve to be National League champions.

Of all the Game 7 stats being thrown around I like these the best; The Cardinals have won their last six elimination games, and their last three Game 7's. I guess that means they're hot?

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