I'm not saying a smooth ride to a title can't be fun (I'm looking at you 2008 Tar Heels and relaxing as I enjoy a beer in the 2nd half with your large lead! Woo!) but there is something to be said for getting there with some adversity. There's no way around it.
This is a signature moment... but I will say the power of the moment will depend a lot on tonight's result and the rest of the playoffs. The Nats need to finish this off for Werth's homer to really take on life as a legendary clout. Can they do it?
YES. Gio is better than Wainwright. They are at home. The bullpen has shown it can not simply hold the lead, but dominate the opponent. Gio can't be as bad as last time. Matheny is managing the Cards* The only question is if the bats can wake the hell up or not. If they can the game might not be close. If they can't, get ready for another heart attack inducing finish.
Called the Nats in 5. Go Nats!
*When they brought in Lynn I honestly though the game was over. But I REALLY thought "oh this is where Bryce makes his name with a homer, but it'd be cool if Zimm did it" so apologies to Werth for overlooking him. Why did I think it was over? Because Lance Lynn should not have been pitching then. When you get to the 9th it's basically a series of one run games, and you should go through your bullpen from best arm to worst arm (with some exceptions for what part of the lineup is up). Motte shoudl have been used. He wasn't. The Nats made the Cardinals pay big time.
Notes from the road :
I did catch the end of the game (from the 7th on) and the beginning till the top of the 4th. Missed the middle but apparently nothing happened there?
I find searching for weak AM radio stations you barely get airing the game kind of fun. But I understand it's certainly something you can't do with non-baseball fans in the car. Some people have no tolerance for broadcasts that are 65% static.