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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Six Recap (Cardinals Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: Boston's Fast Track to Success
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Zachary Levine

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Six Preview: Cardinals at Red Sox
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Bret Sayre

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: Backs Against the Wall: The 2013 St. Louis Cardinals and History
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Mike Gianella

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Five Recap (Cardinals Edition)
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Sam Miller

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Five Recap (Red Sox Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Four Recap (Cardinals Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Four Recap (Red Sox Edition)
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Sam Miller

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Five Preview: Red Sox at Cardinals
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Mike Gianella

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Three Recap (The Call Edition)
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Sam Miller

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Three Recap (The Managerial Moves Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-27

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Four Preview: Red Sox at Cardinals
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Craig Goldstein

10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Two Recap (Cardinals Edition)
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Sam Miller

10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Two Recap (Red Sox Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game One Recap (Red Sox Edition)
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Sam Miller

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Two Preview: Cardinals at Red Sox
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Ben Carsley

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: What the Media Asked the Managers (and What it Means)
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Zachary Levine

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game One Recap (Cardinals Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-23

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game One Preview: Cardinals at Red Sox
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Bret Sayre

10-23

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Cardinals vs. Red Sox
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R.J. Anderson

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Six Recap: Cardinals 9, Dodgers 0
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Ben Lindbergh

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Six Recap: Red Sox 5, Tigers 2
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Zachary Levine

10-19

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Six Preview: Tigers at Red Sox
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Ben Carsley

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Five Recap: Red Sox 4, Tigers 3
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Sam Miller

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Six Preview: Dodgers at Cardinals
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Ben Carsley

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Five Preview: Red Sox at Tigers
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Paul Sporer

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Five Recap: Dodgers 6, Cardinals 4
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Ben Lindbergh

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Four Recap: Tigers 7, Red Sox 3
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Sam Miller

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Four Recap: Cardinals 4, Dodgers 2
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Ben Lindbergh

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Four Preview: Red Sox at Tigers
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Craig Goldstein

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Five Preview: Cardinals at Dodgers
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Mike Gianella

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game 3 Recap: Red Sox 1, Tigers 0
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Sam Miller

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Three Recap: Dodgers 3, Cardinals 0
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Ben Lindbergh

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Three Preview: Red Sox at Tigers
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Ben Carsley

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Four Preview: Cardinals at Dodgers
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Bret Sayre

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Three Preview: Cardinals at Dodgers
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Mike Gianella

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Two Recap: Red Sox 6, Tigers 5
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Zachary Levine

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Two Preview: Tigers at Red Sox
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Ben Carsley

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Two Recap: Cardinals 1, Dodgers 0
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Ben Lindbergh

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game One Recap: Tigers 1, Red Sox 0
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Zachary Levine

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game One Preview: Tigers at Red Sox
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Paul Sporer

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game One Recap: Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2
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Ben Lindbergh

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Preview: Dodgers vs. Cardinals
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R.J. Anderson

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Preview: Tigers vs. Red Sox
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Daniel Rathman

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Five Recap: Tigers 3, Athletics 0
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Paul Sporer

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Five Preview: Tigers at Athletics
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Paul Sporer

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Five Recap: Cardinals 6, Pirates 1
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R.J. Anderson

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Five Preview: Pirates at Cardinals
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Ben Carsley

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Four Recap: Tigers 8, A's 6
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Sam Miller

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Four Recap: Red Sox 3, Rays 1
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Zachary Levine

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St. Louis' slump, and some final musings on Mike Matheny.

The story of the Cardinals’ loss, both in Game Six and in the World Series as a whole, is simple: they didn’t hit, recording only a collective .224/.273/.299 line. And when you come right down to it, that’s not a very interesting story.

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October 31, 2013 3:54 am

Playoff Prospectus: Boston's Fast Track to Success

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Zachary Levine

How much of the Red Sox' surprising championship run was of their own making?

The Boston Red Sox were nobody’s offseason champion, which is understandable for a team that was coming off a 69-93, last-place season. Sure, they did stuff. They did a lot of stuff compared to most bad teams, because most bad teams didn’t have the expectations, the window, and the recency of success that the Red Sox had.

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The Cardinals try to force a Game Seven while the Red Sox attempt to seal the deal.

One would think that it’s very difficult for a team to go on the road and win the final two games of the World Series with their backs up against the wall, as the Cardinals are facing right now. However, history tells us otherwise. If you make an assumption that most World Series teams are somewhat evenly matched, you’d expect a specific team to win two games in a row around 25 percent of the time. Throw in the heightened atmosphere and lack of home field advantage, and you might expect that number to go down, but it turns out it’s exactly 25 percent. In World Series history, there have been 24 teams facing a 3-2 deficit as they went on the road for Game Six. That road team has prevailed six times. Can the Cardinals make it seven? They’ll turn to their rookie sensation to get them there.

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What history says about the likelihood of a Cardinals comeback.

After Monday night’s 3-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox, the St. Louis Cardinals head back to Boston tonight to try to win two consecutive road games to clinch the 2013 World Series. Given how evenly matched the teams’ talent levels are, their one-game deficit and home field disadvantage qualify the Cardinals as underdogs.

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October 29, 2013 12:56 pm

Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Five Recap (Cardinals Edition)

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Sam Miller

How the Cardinals have tried everything.

Between fourth grade and eighth, we’re all at least once where the Cardinals are. There are 10 of us on the field or the court, and as we’re dividing up into two teams we’re all too aware that one of the 10 is so much better than the rest that the game is settled as soon as he is chosen with the first pick. He’s six feet; we’re four. He’s shaving; we still secretly have a teddy bear. He’s on a traveling team; we’re on our church choir. He will never, ever lose.

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How the Red Sox sent the series back to Boston with a one-win lead.

This series has been compelling from the start, but it took until Game Five for it to look like a contest between two of the best teams in baseball. Game Five was the first without an error. It was mercifully free of egregiously bad baserunning, and it didn’t end with a debatable call. With the memory of Dana DeMuth's floating strike zone still fresh, it felt well-officiated behind home plate, aside from this third-inning strike three to Matt Carpenter.

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About Mike Matheny's costly mistakes.

Throughout the World Series, we'll be providing two recaps of each game, one with a focus on the winner and the other devoting a longer look to the loser. This is the Cardinals entry for Game Four. The Red Sox edition is here.

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October 28, 2013 6:04 am

Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Four Recap (Red Sox Edition)

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Sam Miller

With a weakened ace, the Red Sox split the baby, and win.

Throughout the World Series, we'll be providing two recaps of each game, one with a focus on the winner and the other devoting a longer look to the loser. This is the Red Sox entry for Game Four. The Cardinals edition is here.

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After a walkoff obstruction call and a walkoff pickoff, what does Game Five have in store?

While the end of Game Four wasn’t quite as wild as Game Three’s crazy conclusion, last night was the first time a postseason game ended on a base running play since Game Five of the 1936 World Series (according to Baseball Reference). Propelled by Jonny Gomes’ huge three run home run and a strong bullpen performance, the Red Sox evened the series 2-2 and at a minimum ensured the series will return to Boston. Here is a preview of Game Five of the 2013 World Series.

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The Cardinals beat the Red Sox on an obstruction call. Was it right? Yes. Could it have been right the other way? Yes.

We don't nearly appreciate the extent to which luck decides who wins or loses baseball games. We think we do, because we look at BABIP and Pythagorean records and such, but really there are layers upon layers of luck—luck being the loaded word; good fortune being perhaps the more accurate phrase, and more generous—that we either don't notice or don't anticipate. The ending to this game would fall under the luck we don't anticipate.

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The decisions by both skippers that led to the walkoff obstruction.

Wherever you stand on the obstruction call, you probably wish this game had been decided by a less ambiguous, controversial play. So it’s worth asking how we got to the point where this game could come down to where Will Middlebrooks fell. And the answer, in part (and as always), is “managerial moves.” Here, in reverse chronological order, are five moves that John Farrell or Mike Matheny made (or didn’t make) that helped set up Game Three for an infamous ending.

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The battle of Clay Buchholz's shoulder.

Red Sox (Clay Buchholz) vs. Cardinals (Lance Lynn) – 8:00 p.m. ET

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