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2012 NLCS: 3 Reasons St. Louis Ends Series Tonight
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Lynn should bounce back from his shaky Game 1 start

As we approach what could be the clinching Game 5 for the St. Louis Cardinals, their fortunes saw a big boost when Carlos Beltran was officially put in the lineup for tonight's game.

Looking to end this series and prepare for the American League Champion Detroit Tigers, the Cards will hope to strike quickly against San Francisco and starter Barry Zito.

There seems to be a growing sense that if the Cardinals don't clinch tonight, they might live to regret it like they did in 1996 after facing the Atlanta Braves. While I am not quite that negative in my assessment, I do believe it will be a moot point.

Why?

Because the series is going to end tonight.

Here are three reasons why:

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