The Cardinals have already announced that their ace Adam Wainwright will start Game One. The Giants – as of this writing – have not yet announced their starter. Wainwright is coming off a very tough start, as he gave up six runs in four and a third innings in his lone start of the NLDS.
St. Louis won their division, the National League Central, by winning 90 games, finishing two games ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates. They greatly outperformed their Pythagorean Win-Loss Record (which figures out records based on runs scored and runs allowed) of 83-79. That’s a pretty regular thing for the Cardinals, though, who seem to be the kings of clutch hitting.
The Giants only had 88 wins, but managed to defeat those Pittsburgh Pirates in the Wild Card one-game playoff. Of course, their division mates, the Dodgers, were eliminated by the Cardinals in four games. The Giants are a team built around run prevention, but their offense was the fifth-best in the National League in 2014 with 4.1 runs per game. The Cardinals only scored 3.82 runs a game, but they scored far more often in the second half in the season.
This should be an exciting series with some marquee pitching match-ups. Neither offense is known to be incredibly explosive, but in the playoffs you never know what will happen, which is why we watch.