The annual Cardinals-Astros NLCS kicks off this evening at 8 PM on FOX. I'm simultaneously excited and scared shitless about this series. I would like to get to some thoughts about the series and what the Cardinals will have to do to win aside for the normal McCarverisms (read: scores more runs than your opponent, be the first team to win four games, etc.). Unfortunately, I have alot on my plate today after being out of work for most of Friday and all of Monday. Evidently, this place doesn't shut down when I'm not here...I guess I missed the memo on that one. In lieu of a lengthy breakdown, I will leave you with this to mull over as you try and find ways to avoid work this afternoon. I can't be the only one, can I?
Key to the series: Left side of the Cardinal infield.
David Eckstein needs to consistently get on base to set the table for the bats behind him while continuing to do a cromulent job of playing shortstop. Perhaps even more important is that Abraham Nunez get a few timely hits in order to help make up for the loss of Scott Rolen in the lineup. Then again, what do I really know about this series?