Pittsburgh vs St. Louis Game 5

It all comes down to game 5 to see which team advances to the NLCS (National League Championship Series) to face the L.A. Dodgers. This series has been really even as the cardinals won the 1st game 9-1 then in the 2nd game the pirates won 7-1, in the 3rd game it was a lit closer as the pirates won 5-3, and finally in the 4th game it was a pitchers duel as the cardinals won 2-1. That is how we got to the 5th game in this best of 5 series.

The Pirates will start rookie pitcher Gerrit Cole who pitched very well in his first ever career postseason start helping the Pirates tie up the series 1-1. He allowed 1 run on 2 hits in 6 innings pitched. Cole also struck  out 5 and the only run he gave up was a solo home run to Yadier Molina in the 5th inning of game 2. On the other side the Cardinals will start veteran Adam Wainwright who got the game 1 win for the Cardinals as he allowed 1 run on 3 hits while striking out in 7 innings pitched. Wainwright struck out 9 and his only run allowed was also a home run, he gave up a home run to Pedro Alvarez in the 5th inning.

 

Keys To The Game

For the Cardinals:

1.Over the past 3 years the Cardinals are 7-1 when facing postseason elimination.
2.The Cardinals are a hot team right now as they have won 8 of their last 10 games.
3. Get Matt Holiday going. He has 4 hits in 8 at-bats with 2 RBIs in wins for the Cardinals and in losses he has no hits in 8 at-bats with 2 strikeouts.
4.Home field advantage. The Cardinals are 54-27 when playing at home so they need to use this to help them win.
5.Can Adam Wainwright shut down the Pirates again? He pitched very well in his first game allowing only 1 run on 3 hits in 7 innings pitched helping his team get the win.

For the Pirates

1.The Pirates have won the season series so far against the Cardinals. The pirates have won 12 games and lost 11 to the Cardinals so far this season and would like to continue their success against them.
2.The Pirates are a hot team as well as they have won 7 of their last 10 games.
3.Can Gerrit Cole pitch the Pirates to victory? Cole pitched very well in his first career postseason start as he allowed only 1 run on  hits in 6 innings pitched helping his team get the win.
4.Marlon Byrd  needs to play well for the Pirates. Byrd has batted 3 for 8 with 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored in wins for the Pirates and in losses is 0 for 6 with 5 strikeouts.
5.Andrew McCutchen is batting .412 in this series and could be a major factor in helping his team win.

 

My Prediction

It will be a low scoring pitching duel as Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright goes 6 2/3 innings pitched allowing 1 runs on 5 hits while striking out 10. Pirates stater Gerrit Cole pitches well also only allowing 2 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings pitched while striking out 8. It stays 2-1 until the top of the 8th when Andrew McCutchen hits a home run to left field to tie the game. In the 9th inning Yadier Molina hits a walk off single scoring Carlos Beltran to send the Cardinals to the NLCS.

Final Score

Cardinals: 3
Pirates: 2

 

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