With Game 3 of the 2013 National League Division Series now in the past, the Pittsburgh Pirates are poised to clinch an NLCS berth. With that said, if they expect the St. Louis Cardinals to roll over and play dead, they are sadly mistaken.
The Cardinals have a lot to overcome, but if there’s anything we’ve learned over the years, it’s that they shouldn’t be counted out until the final out.
With only one game to win, the Pirates have the Cardinals exactly where they want them: backed into a corner. The problem is, sometimes that’s where they perform the best.
When the two teams take to the field in Pittsburgh on Monday afternoon, the Cardinals' fate will rest in the hands of rookie pitcher Michael Wacha, who was pitching for Texas A&M only 15 months ago.
The Pirates will send right-handed hurler Charlie Morton to the mound in hopes of clinching. If it doesn’t happen on Monday, however, they have confidence in Gerrit Cole, who dominated the Cardinals Friday afternoon at Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals want a Game 5, but the Pirates should be looking to close things out.
Even with Cole on the mound, the Cardinals would throw Adam Wainwright in front of their home crowd, and that’s not a good situation for either team.
Following are a few points regarding what it would take each team to win NLDS Game 4.