So if there's one thing I'm nervous about heading into tonights Game 3, it's Pujols. Pujols is 5 for 14 (.357) against Trachs this season, plus 5 walks, though just one extra base hit and no homers. Look for Preston Wilson to be in the lineup tonight, Mookie's stepson is hitting .400 (8 for 20) against Trax, including 3 homeruns. Luckily, Trachs has been pretty successful at keeping the rest of the Redbirds' bats in check for the most part.
Jeff Suppan (12-7, 4.12 ERA) is on the hill for the Cardinals tonight, and if you've been waiting for Valentin to have a breakout night, your best bet might be this evening against Suppan. Valentin, "The Other Jose," has 4 homeruns and 9 RBI's off Suppan in 48 at bats. Meanwhile Delgado's just 6 for 29 (.207), and Beltrans' just 2 for 11 (.182). Dookie however, is 6 for 16 (.375) and Endy Chavez is 5 for 14 (.357). Stats are stats of course, and we'll just have to see how the wind blows tonight.
I really can't complain too much McCarver and Buck. They were atrocious during the regular season FOX games, but their analysis hasn't been horrible thus far in the NLCS. I can only assume this is because Buck has somewhat of a clue about the Cardinals because of his work doing local games for St. Louis. Buck's knowledge about the Cardinals makes the pair 25% more knowledgeable compared to when they normally call a contest between two clubs.
Okay, Lets Go Mets Already!