Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals: Team Grades from NLDS Game 1

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Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals: Team Grades from NLDS Game 1
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Today was the first game of the 2012 NLDS, pitting the defending World Series champions, the St. Louis Cardinals, versus the team with the best record in Major League Baseball, the Washington Nationals. It certainly didn't disappoint, with three lead changes and neither team having a lead greater than one.

In the end, the Nationals came out on top with a 3-2 victory, which is big for a team with little playoff experience and having to play their first game in St. Louis. They should be able to ride this confidence into Game 2. In the meantime, this is how both teams grade out after the first game of the series.

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