ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 13: Pat Neshek #37 and Yadier Molina #4 both of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after defeating 5-4 at Busch Stadium on September 13, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images) By Michael B. Thomas
(KMOV.com) - This will be the fifth straight year the Cardinals or Giants will represent the National League in the World Series.
These are two battled tested teams with a knack for performing well under pressure in the postseason. San Francisco beat the Cardinals in both the 2012 and 2002 NLCS. They also got the better of the head to head match ups during the regular season, beating the Cardinals in four out of seven games. But it will be different in this NLCS. Assuming Adam Wainwright is healthy and can pitch two or three games of the series, the Cardinals starting pitching should be better than the Giants. Even if Wainwright’s elbow tendonitis flares up and he can’t pitch, Michael Wacha is waiting in the wings and could be a significant factor in the series.
The Cardinals hitters finally came to life in the NLDS against the Dodgers, hitting seven home runs in the four games. It’ll be tough to match that kind of power production again, especially in spacious AT&T Park in San Francisco, but this Cardinals team seems to be able to find creative ways to win. I’m picking the Cardinals to beat the Giants in six games, and advance to the World Series for the second year in a row.