Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Now? I'm going with my Cards all the way after seeing them consistently battle this past month. Simply put, Chris Carpenter is the man, throwing a 3-hit shutout in the deciding Game 5 in Philadelphia after a 2-hit shutout on the last day of the season to claim a playoff berth. The rest of the pitching staff was solidified by the Rasmus trade, as I described here, and the lineup led the league in runs, hits, AVG, OBP, SLG, and OPS. Albert Pujols is the anchor of the lineup, of course, and he has been outstanding.
The Brewers lineup is obviously explosive in its own right, headlined by Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder. I wouldn't say it's as deep as the Cardinals, however, and their pitching is inconsistent despite their considerable talent. They simply lack the experience of the St. Louis players and even on the managerial side. La Russa has his quirks, but his considerable edge here, along with the teams' defenses, gives me confidence in my Cards.
The Texas starters certainly leave a lot to be desired, but they can do enough to get the ball to their excellent bullpen that was bolstered by mid-season trades, and the defense around them help a considerable amount. The lineup, of course, is stacked throughout the order and should provide enough leads for the 'pen to hold. That is, until they run into St. Louis.