Who will win the NLCS: Cardinals or Nationals? | The Tylt
Who will win the NLCS: Cardinals or Nationals?
The Nationals ended game five against the L.A. Dodgers with a 10th-inning grand slam. With it, this wild card team inched one step closer to the World Series title. The Nationals might be the "new kids on the block," but as the Washington Post's Sam Fortier puts it, they are more than ready to take on the Cardinals:
The NLCS is a place the Nationals have never been, but it is not unfamiliar. This team, as it will tell you, has been playing elimination games since May 24, since the day they returned to Washington at 19-31 and their manager, Dave Martinez, was seemingly destined for the door. The Nationals are not that team anymore. They are the team that got healthy, hit and tied the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the National League after the season’s 50th game (74-38). They are the one that overtook the Dodgers when it mattered most, in the NL Division Series. They are the one that flew to St. Louis on Thursday morning with a chance to put themselves in the World Series.
With this in mind, there's no question the Nationals have maintained their underdog status throughout the season, which is exactly why they will be everyone's favorite team to win.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals are in familiar territory. With 11 titles in the franchise's pocket, bulldozing through the Nationals will be no problem at all. The organization is a machine ripe for plucking championships out of unwitting teams' hands. Fortier continues, saying:
[The Cardinals] have a capable starting staff, a deep bullpen and a solid defense that didn’t make more than two errors in a single game all season. They have some experience with catcher Yadier Molina, starter Adam Wainwright and outfielder Dexter Fowler. They, perhaps most dangerously of all, have confidence. They sprung a 10-run first inning on the Atlanta Braves in their own Game 5 and bounced the NL East champion from the postseason with a 13-2 victory.