The stomachs of many St. Louis Cardinals fans may have sunk following Sunday's loss of Game 1 of the National League Division Series, but hope returned to St. Louis Monday afternoon.
Despite getting only two innings out of starter Jaime Garcia, the Cardinals offense erupted in the second inning and never looked back. They didn’t just hit the Washington Nationals' starter, Jordan Zimmermann; they hit five of the seven pitchers the Nationals threw at them.
When five starters can combine to each have multi-hit games, then things are going good for any team. When those names include Carlos Beltran, Jon Jay, Allen Craig and Yadier Molina, an opposing team has their hands full.
The series may be going to Washington for three games, but Cardinals fans have a lot of reason to be optimistic. Following are five reasons the Cardinals have the goods to put the Nationals to rest on their home turf.