Baseball will always break your heart. This Series pits the Pirates (Argh) against the Cards (Squirrels!, Squirrels!) and I sure hope the eventual League Champion emerges from this bracket instead of the Dodgers (traitors), Braves (evil opponents of my Mets) one.
The Cardinals clinched their Division with 2 to go in the season and rode a 6 game winning streak to the end. As you can tell by the seeding they’re considered the best on the Senior circuit.
Adam Wainwright (19-9, 2.94 ERA R), tonight’s starter, is generally considered the best pitcher left playing, though both team have outstanding staffs. He was 1 – 0 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts against Pittsburgh this season. He’ll be available on full rest for a deciding Game 5 if necessary.
The Pirates won the season series 10 – 9, but were swept at home by the Cards in early September.
They’ll start A.J. Burnett (10-11, 3.30 ERA R), late of the Yankees. He’s 3-1 with a 3.67 ERA in his career against the Cardinals, but the last time they faced each other he was chased after 5 runs in 3 innings.
Pirates fans should not be discouraged, these teams are very evenly matched and pitching ought keep the games very close.