The Cardinals entered Tuesday night at Nationals Park as a team with their backs against the wall. It's too bad they waited until after the first inning to start playing like it.
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In Game 4 of the NLCS, Nationals Park will host either a funeral or a potential rebirth.
By the end of Tuesday night, we'll know which one.
It's not just that the Cardinals are losing. You can understand that their opposition is pretty darn good. You can understand not winning every game, every series. The season has to end eventually.
What's hard to understand, though, is the way the Cardinals are losing; they're really not putting up much of a fight against what is fast becoming a juggernaut Nationals team.
While both sides have enjoyed quality pitching, the Nationals arms have been just a bit better so far in the series. If that happens again Wednesday, the Cardinals would stand at the brink of elimination.
Understandably, Shildt regretted that what was intended to be a private moment was made public. But frankly, he doesn't owe an apology to anyone.
"Thinking about who you want to play for, you want to play for teams that are wanting to win, that are contenders, that are trying to get to the playoffs," Mikolas said. "And that is the St. Louis Cardinals."
The Cardinals will face the winner of Wednesday night's game between the Dodgers and Nationals in the NLCS beginning Friday.
The million dollar question remains: Can this lineup churn its way to adequate run support of its best starting pitcher with the season on the line?
After trailing the Braves 4-3 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, the Cardinals rallied for runs in the eighth and tenth to complete a thrilling come-from-behind win Monday afternoon at Busch Stadium.
There is one way for the frustrating topics of the last few days—Carlos Martinez's meltdowns, Bader's base running blunder and the offense's anemia laying waste to a pair of starting pitching gems—to fall away into past obscurity, mostly forgotten as minor bumps in the road of a still successful October.
Win two games.