Back from the Brink?
|Sixty-two teams in postseason history have found themselves in a 3-1 hole in a best-of-seven series. Only 10 of those teams have battled back to win the series.|
Team up 3-1
|2004 ALCS||New York||Boston|
|1996 NLCS||St. Louis||Atlanta|
|1985 World Series||St. Louis||Kansas City|
|1985 ALCS||Toronto||Kansas City|
|1979 World Series||Baltimore||Pittsburgh|
|1968 World Series||St. Louis||Detroit|
|1958 World Series||Milwaukee||New York (AL)|
|1925 World Series||Washington||Pittsburgh|
Pujols absolutely creams a pitch from Astros starter Brandon Backe to left field in the first inning. It's foul by inches, and Pujols winds up striking out.
The Cardinals get runners on second and third in the fourth with no outs, and all they get out of it is a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead that lasts all of a half-inning.
They have their 3-4-5 guys coming up in the ninth, get the first two on to put Astros closer Brad Lidge on the ropes, but are unable to score the tying run.
"When the series started, I said it was going to be one- or two-run games, and that's the way it's been," Walker said. "I don't think the other side is tearing it up much, either."In the end, the Cardinals just have to turn the page and think of what Boston did in 2004 when it was down, 3-1, to the Yankees, or what the Marlins did in 2003 when they were down, 3-1, to the Cubs. The Cards are still kicking, even if they feel a little kicked around about now. "Today, we lost. But we have tomorrow," Game 4 starter Jeff Suppan said. Plenty rides on Monday's game, obviously. A win, and it's back to the Red Sea at Busch Stadium with a chance for a huge comeback. A loss, and Busch Stadium has seen its final game, and another quest to bring the World Series trophy back to St. Louis will have fallen short. For now, it's all about being short-sighted for the Cardinals, as in focusing on Game 5 and nothing else before or after it. "We can't think about Wednesday or Thursday," Pujols said. "We have to think about tomorrow." One game at a time has a whole new meaning now for the Cardinals.
John Schlegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.