Cards In The NLCS
Posted by JE Powell
Well, the Cards have made it to the NLCS and must face the formidable Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers have a tough hitting line-up anchored by Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder, but the Brewers also have a good 1-2 punch in Greinke and Marcum for their starting pitching. In my opinion, and the opinion of many experts at ESPN, it should be a very good, hard fought series.
The is some bad blood between these two teams in part because of an in-game argument between Nyjer Morgan of the Brewers and Chris Carpenter of the Cards. They had a shouting match a few months ago and then after that game Morgan made some tweets refering to Albert Pujols as “Alberta”. On October 8th, Zack Greinke of the Brewers game out and said that Chris Carpenter is a phony. I realize that since I am a Cardinals fan, I am a bit prejudiced, but I haven’t read or heard anything about any Cardinals players coming out and mocking the Brewers in return. That could be due to the fact that the Brewers are trying to play mind games with the Cards, or the Brewers are just a young team without much post season experience and do not know how to handle it and the Cardinals are a veteran team that has “been there” before and carry themselves with poise. Take your pick, but any which way you go with it, it certainly has increased media and public attention (the ratings for the series will prove the latter statement and a quick glance at the NLCS page on ESPN should be sufficient to prove the former).
I will certainly be cheering my heart out for the Cardinals and I most assuredly want them to go to the World Series, but despite a few ill conceived comments from the Brewers players, I think overall the Cards and Brewers have had an otherwise amiable history over the last many seasons. One way or another, it should be a great series and I look for it to go six or seven games.