In four of the past five years, the NLCS has featured either the Cardinals or the Dodgers but never both. In fact, at least one of the two storied franchises has made it to the National League’s final series 12 times since the last time these two met in the NLCS (1985).
But in truth, the past 28 years have no bearing on this matchup, which will largely be decided by pitching. And it doesn’t... » more
No offense, Pittsburgh fans. Offense, in this case, refers to the ability to score runs.
That's what it comes down to in the Pirates' NLDS matchup against the NL Central-rival Cardinals, who tied for tops in baseball with 97 wins during the regular season.
Much of their success derives from the fact that St. Louis, which hosts Game 1 on Thursday (TBS, 5 p.m.), was the NL's top-scoring... » more
The Indians are hot in Cleveland. Winners of 10 games in a row, the Tribe managed to avoid a complicated three-team tie for the two wild-card spots. Instead, the Rays and Rangers duked it out on Monday in a play-in game, with Tampa Bay earning the final AL wild card berth.
Now, the Rays find themselves in another one-game playoff tonight against the Indians, with a spot in the ALDS against... » more
The Central Division clearly was the cream of the National League crop throughout the regular season, so it's no surprise that the NL wild-card game is between division rivals Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
Whichever team wins Tuesday night's postseason game, the first hosted by the Pirates since George Bush -- the elder one -- sat in the Oval Office, will advance to face the Central's top birds,... » more