The 2011 St. Louis Cardinals are showing the baseball world that you do not to have a marquee starting rotation to reach the world series (Take that, Phillies :)). Tony La Russa is relying on his bullpen to be on the verge of another World Series appearance.
With the series ties 2-2 and the Brewers sending former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke to the mound, many expected that the Cardinals will just have one or two runs. Instead, it was the Brewers who were in the short end of a 7-1 decision.
The Card are winning pitching battles despite having their starters average 13 out a game. In Game 5, La Russa called on Octavio Dotel to save the day.
NLCS vs Brewers
For this LCS, La Russa is practically giving half the game to his relievers and they have responded. Their ERA is around 4 and a half points less. The Milwaukee Brewers are practically hitting air against the relief pitchers.
The series now move to Milwaukee for Game 6 and Game 7 (if needed). It will be exciting to see how the bullpen can be a factor in the remaining games.
- Cardinals beat Brewers for 3-2 NLCS lead (reuters.com)
- Stark: La Russa making the right calls (espn.go.com)
- Brewers vs. Cardinals: St. Louis Bullpen Puts Milwaukee on Brink (bleacherreport.com)
- La Russa keeps ’em guessing and has Cardinals on the brink (cbssports.com)