Weird things can happen when the top team in every division automatically makes their way into the MLB Playoffs. It could mean that a 93-win Washington Nationals squad had to squeak into the postseason by way of a one-game Wild Card, while the 91-win St. Louis Cardinals got to play host to a National League Divisional Series. Now, these two squads are squaring off in the NLCS, and Washington has a commanding 2-0 lead as they head back home for three straight games at Nationals Park. NLCS 2019 Tickets are available to all baseball fans now on a first-come, first-served basis.
Let us begin in the off-season leading up to this wonderful 2019 MLB Season. Bryce Harper was regarded as the single biggest free-agent ever, and he signed a contract for over $300 million to play for the Philadelphia Phillies for the next 10 years. This was initially seen as a gigantic catastrophe for the Washington Nationals. But addition by subtraction is a thing, and the team rallied together and showed amazing resolve while making their way through a tough schedule and finishing second in the National League East Division.
It took a few wonderful bounces of the baseball out in right field for the Nationals to make it past the one-game Wild Card Playoff against the Milwaukee Brewers. But when that happened, fate seemed to be on their side. That is to take nothing away from the talent of their starting pitching and the power of their hitters who have sent the ball over the fence in critical moments during the first few weeks of October.
Washington had a total of four players who got over 150 hits on the season. This included 20-year-old left fielder Juan Soto, who had an amazing year and showed incredible confidence at the plate. It also included shortstop Trey Turner, who was incredibly dangerous as a speedster on the base paths. Right fielder Adam Eaton contributed 158 hits to the cause, and third baseman Anthony Rendon got 174 hits throughout a year in which he batted.319 and smacked an incredible 34 home runs and 126 RBIs. He also stole five bases.
Not a lot of people gave the Nationals a chance when they squared up against the Dodgers, who have left-handed hitters that can swing a bat a full 360° around their body. They also have pitchers that are widely regarded as lights-out, including Clayton Kershaw. But Kershaw was inserted into a tough spot in the seventh-inning of Game 5 in Los Angeles, and it didn’t turn out well. For the Dodgers, that is. It turned out wonderful for the Nationals.
St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis dispatched of the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS. It has become totally routine for the Braves to do amazing things in the regular-season only to fall short in the playoffs. They are revisiting the 1990s in the modern era, although most teams throughout the NL would be lucky to walk in their shoes.
Only first baseman free-agent acquisition Paul Goldshmidt had over 150 hits for a St. Louis squad that had many players who put in the effort to get them where they are. Third baseman Tommy Edman turned in the best batting average on the team by hitting .304. As far as everyday players go, it was Kolten Wong who was the most steadily productive member of the Cards. Catcher Yadier Molina has turned in another impressive year behind the plate and at the plate in the midst of what is likely a Hall of Fame career.
To cut to the chase, the Cardinals now have to win four of the next five games in order to advance. Given that the next three games will unfold inside of Nationals Park in Washington DC, this is all of a sudden one of the tallest orders in baseball postseason history. And the Cardinals were a sizable favorite heading into this series.
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What will happen? How will things unfold? Will there be some serious surprises? No one knows the answer to these first two questions, but the answer to the third is “more than likely.” If the Cardinals are going to stem the tide, they need to win games now. Many experts expect this to happen, but all fans who purchase tickets will be able to watch it live and see for themselves. To attend a postseason MLB game is to immediately secure bragging rights and longtime memories. All fans reading these words can easily peruse our large inventory of affordable tickets for seats that might work best for you and friends and family. Now is the time to get in on what could be a historic National League Championship Series. 2019 MLB Postseason Tickets are available now.