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The St. Louis Cardinals always find a way to survive in October. Don't expect that to change in Game 5.
On paper, the Washington Nationals are the clear favorite. They earned the most regular-season wins in MLB for plenty of good reason.
But this isn't the regular season anymore. It's not even a series anymore.
This is Game 5. It's an elimination game in October. The St. Louis Cardinals do pretty well in these types of situations.
Saying the Cardinals will win just because they have more experience is lazy analysis. I'm not picking them here just because they have more World Series titles than any National League team and the Washington Nationals just earned the first postseason win in the District of Columbia since 1933.
St. Louis isn't just experienced—it's proven. The Cardinals won an elimination game against Kris Medlen and the Atlanta Braves. They staved off elimination in Games 6 and 7 of the 2011 World Series against the Texas Rangers and Games 4 and 5 of the 2011 NLDS against the Philadelphia Phillies. They won an elimination game on the last day of the 2011 regular season, not to mention all the other games they won just to get into that position.
The only thing that makes me nervous about picking St. Louis here is its record in close games this year (21-26 in one-run games, 0-2 this postseason). This same pitching matchup went down to the wire in Game 1, and I expect that to happen again Friday night. But this team's history when facing elimination is too good to ignore.
Pick: St. Louis Cardinals 4, Washington Nationals 2
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