NL Division Series

Game Date Matchup/Result Breakdown
1 Sun, Oct. 7 Washington 3 at St. Louis 2 Recap/Highlights | Box
2 Mon, Oct. 8 Washington 4 at St. Louis 12 Recap/Highlights | Box
3 Wed, Oct. 10 St. Louis 8 at Washington 0 Recap/Highlights | Box
4 Thur, Oct. 11 St. Louis 1 at Washington 2 Recap/Highlights | Box
5 Fri, Oct. 12 St. Louis 9 at Washington 7 Recap/Highlights | Box
Cardinals win series 3-2


This is the first playoff meeting between the Nationals and Cardinals.

It marks the first post-season appearance for the Washington Nationals since moving from Montreal in 2005 and is just the second playoff appearance in the 43-year history of the franchise.

The Cardinals once again find themselves in the playoff picture thanks to a wild card berth.

In 2011 the Cards qualified for the playoffs on the final night of the regular season.

They rode the momentum of that unforgettable night past the prohibitive-favourite Philadelphia Phillies in the NLDS, as Chris Carpenter outdueled good friend and former teammate Roy Halladay in a 1-0 Game 5 pitching classic.

The Cards would outslug the Brewers in the NLCS, scoring 43 runs in six games, before a dramatic comeback in the World Series.

Down to the last out in Game 6 against the defending AL-Champion Texas Rangers, the Cardinals stormed back to win Game 6 in 11 innings in front of a euphoric Busch Stadium crowd before finishing the job the next night for the team's 11th World Series crown.

The Cardinals qualified for the NLDS by beating the Atlanta Braves 6-3 in a one-game wild card playoff on Oct. 5.

The Nationals were the best team in the majors in 2012, posting 96 wins, despite a sub-.500 record in 2011.

The Nationals pitching staff was largely responsible for the turnaround as new addition Gio Gonzalez stepped into the rotation and put together a Cy Young-calibre season with a 21-8 record and 207 strikeouts.

The team will be without phenom pitcher Stephen Strasburg for the series after the team opted to enforce a set innings cap on Sept. 8 and shut their other ace down for the year, but 26-year-old Jordan Zimmermann had a solid season in his own right and Edwin Jackson brings World Series pedigree to the rotation, having won a ring with the Cardinals last season.

The Nationals won the season series 4-3, taking three of four at Nationals Park and one of three at Busch. The two clubs did not meet this season until Aug. 30.

Tale of the Tape

726 Runs 765
191 Home Runs 159
683 RBI 732
105 Stolen Bases 91
.261 AVG .271
.748 OPS .761
3.34 ERA 3.75
1.22 WHIP 1.27
1317 Strikeouts 1205
495 BB 436
51 Saves 42
.237 BAA .256



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