ST. LOUIS (BaseballSTL) -- Last night's just flat out ridiculous comeback win gave the Cardinals home field advantage in the NLDS against the Dodgers. The worst case scenario is now a pretty good one. The Cards can go back to St. Louis in a best-of-three series with two of those games taking place at Busch Stadium.
But that's just a worst case scenario. The best case is still plausible.
A win in Game 2 gives the Cardinals an absolutely commanding 2-0 series lead before heading back home. That would be two chances to win one game in your own ballpark. Pretty good odds of that happening, huh?
Well to get there I have little doubt in my mind the Cardinals will have to be led by a 6'5" righty out of Marion County, Indiana. He goes by the name Lance Lynn.
After what transpired in Game 1 where the inconsistent (at best) Cards bats exploded for 10 runs - including 8 in one inning - you would do very well to bank of Zack Greinke making it awfully difficult to score runs this evening. He'll be on his game. The Dodgers season pretty much depends on it.
So if the Redbirds have a prayer of squeaking out a victory and escaping to the friendly confines of Busch Stadium with a 2-0 series lead they'll have to go toe-to-toe with Greinke's presumed zeroes that he's throwing on the board. That means Lynn has to show up in the biggest way.
No command issues like Adam Wainwright had yesterday. And pretty much no mistakes.
The postseason has been a bit of an enigma for Lynn up to this point in his career. In 5 playoff starts he's just 1-3 with a 5.56 ERA. Overall in 21 postseason appearances the Ole Miss alum's earned run average isn't much better at 4.81.
The last thing standing between good and great as far as Lynn is concerned is what he does in October. This season has already been a bit of a breakthrough. He conquered his August issues by dominating opponents all month - something he hadn't done up to this point in his life - and was quite possibly the most consistent starter all year long.
Adding postseason success would further enhance his 2014 resume.
And it could virtually pitch the Cardinals into the NLCS if he starts that this evening.