When you have outscored your opponent 13 runs to two runs in the first three games of a seven-game series, you are usually in a great position going forward.
The Cardinals have scored just 2 runs through the 1st 3 games of this NLCS.— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) October 15, 2019
That’s tied for the fewest runs by *any team* in the 1st 3 games of a best-of-7 series:
- 1966 Dodgers vs BAL in World Series
- 1948 Braves vs CLE in World Series
Both of those teams lost the series.
The Nationals have faced 96 total batters in the first three games and only 14 Cardinals have reached base.
Meanwhile the American League Championship Series will be back today with their Game 3 at Yankee Stadium. Gerrit Cole will try to put the Astros back in front in the series and continue his impressive postseason performances.
Cardinals at Nationals - Game 3 (Nationals lead 3-0)
So far it has been strong starting pitching along with a timely base hit or two formula for the Nationals in this National League Championship Series. On Monday, they took a 3-0 lead in this series by beating the Cardinals 7-1.
Stephen Strasburg allowed one unearned run in seven innings while striking out 12.
Stephen Strasburg joins Tom Seaver, Jim Palmer, Bob Gibson, and Gerrit Cole as the only pitchers to have multiple 12+ K #postseason games. pic.twitter.com/hxJC0yAyud— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) October 15, 2019
As for the timely hitting, the Nationals game-winning and maybe series-ending rally started on a dropped ball in the third inning.
David Schoenfield: Inside the disastrous, 33-pitch inning that pretty much ended the Cardinals' season https://t.co/giEzDd5rJk— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 15, 2019
Howie Kendrick is perhaps setting himself up as a possible NLCS MVP.
Howie Kendrick now has 5 hits with RISP this postseason, the most in a single postseason in Nationals/Expos history #NLCS— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 15, 2019
Though Anthony Rendon could also be in play for that honor.
A 102.9 MPH bullet off the bat?!— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) October 15, 2019
No problem for Anthony Rendon. pic.twitter.com/yphuJVpGlx
This is probably more coincidence and who that team played in the World Series but there is this factoid that will come up if the Nationals sweep the Cardinals today.
The Nationals are a win away from becoming the fourth team to sweep the NLCS since it went to a best-of-7 format in 1985. Only the 1995 Braves went on to win World Series. pic.twitter.com/KuMyqaHXHI— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 15, 2019
Tuesday’s schedule - Championship Series
1:08 p.m. PT: Astros (Gerrit Cole) @ Yankees (Luis Severino)
5:08 p.m.: Cardinals (Dakota Hudson) @ Nationals (Patrick Corbin) (TBS)