on a sidenote, anyone know if these games will be nationally televised? i'm going to school in FL and don't have cable and haven't been able to catch a game yet, argh
I assume as long as they're not gonig up against the ALCS they'll be on FOX, but I wouldn't count on it.
As for the NLCS, I'm really worried. I was hoping that the other NLDS would go five, but I guess they essentially played another game today.
The times that I saw them go up against Oswalt and Clemens this year they either jumped on them early or Carpenter/Mulder pitched a gem. I don't think I saw them against Pettite though, but going in with good history against 2/3 of the Big Three makes me sleep a little easier at night. The offense appears to be clicking, I just hope it keeps up against stronger pitching (especially Sanders). I'm not worried about Pujols (obviously) since he had such a great post season last year, and Eck appears to be finding a groove along with Grudzielanek while Nunez has been more than servicable all year. I'm with you though, the BP and the rotation past Mulder are the wild cards. If they can keep it together then I don't think there's anything that can stop them from making it two WS in as many years. Morris looked good with a no-no through 5 innings, and while that was reassuring, he did fall apart a bit, and the BP has been hit and miss at best lately.
You also have to keep in mind that this is essentially the same team they faced last year except the Stros are a LOT
weaker offensively minus Kent and Beltran (even Bagwell was effective last year), while they've only really added a healthy Pettite. I don't like to make predictions, but I'd be absolutely shocked if this series doesn't come back to STL no matter how it turns out since both of these teams are so evenly matched. All that said I can't wait for Wednesday (or Tuesday if the rumors they were talking about during the game tonight are true).