Cardinals vs. Brewers: Cardinals Will Ride Pitching to World Series Berth

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2011

MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 09:  Jaime Garcia #54 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during Game one of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 9, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Cardinals are riding an improbable wave of momentum, and they are going to use their strong pitching to keep the wave rolling to the World Series.

Due to his epic Game 5 performance, the Cards don't have Chris Carpenter available for the first game, but the pitching matchups set up nicely for them after that.

 

Probable Pitching Matchups

Game 1: Jaime Garcia vs. Zack Greinke

Game 2: Edwin Jackson vs. Shaun Marcum

Game 3: Chris Carpenter vs. Yovani Gallardo

Game 4: Kyle Lohse vs. Randy Wolf

*Game 5: Jaime Garcia vs. Zack Greinke

*Game 6: Edwin Jackson vs. Shaun Marcum

*Game 7: Chris Carpenter vs. Yovani Gallardo

*if necessary

 

Looking at the Cardinals Edge

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Chris Carpenter #29 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during Game Five of the National League Divisional Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 7, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvani
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Edwin Jackson versus Shaun Marcum is a fantastically even matchup. However, I am giving the edge to Jackson due to his big-game experience.

Lohse has a better record, ERA and WHIP than Randy Wolf. He is more likely to get the Cardinals deep into the game, which will allow them to set up their bullpen.

Chris Carpenter has no equal right now. The way he is pitching you expect him to win every game. 

And while you have to give the edge to the Brewers with Zack Greinke on the mound against Jaime Garcia, the edge is miniscule. It is not a big stretch to think the Cardinals can win at least one of these games.

 

Prediction

Cardinals in six

The Cardinals won't even need to bring out their ace Carpenter for Game 7. This leaves them in spectacular position heading to the World Series.