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Another edition of the Good, Bad & the Ugly, this one for the NLDS, which the San Francisco Giants & St. Louis Cardinals defeated their opponents in 4 games, lets take a look below. Thanks to the USA Today & ESPN for help in this article.
The Good: Giants pitching vs.the Nationals- The Giants as a whole ERA for their series vs. the Nationals was 1.60 ERA, including the Giants Bullpen performance during that Game 2 18 inning marathon.
The Good#2– The Cardinals Hitting after the 7th inning: The Cardinals dropped 15 runs during their series vs. the Dodgers from the 7th inning on. That Cardinals only scored three runs in this series before the 7th inning, good clutch hitting from the Cardinals.
The Bad: The Nationals hitters Jayson Werth & Adam LaRoche vs.the Giants- The Nationals as a team hit a woeful .164 batting average, but the 2 worst hitters were their power hitters Werth & LaRoche. Werth went 1 for 17 with 5 strikeouts & a batting average of .059 & LaRoche went 1 for 18 with 4 strikeouts & a .056 batting average. Just Bad.
The Ugly: Cleyton Kershaw vs. the Cardinals(mainly in the 7th inning)- How can a guy go 44-13 with a 1.67 ERA since July 2012 against the rest of the baseball world, and 1-7 with a 5.69 ERA in eight starts against the Cardinals?
Kershaw will be awarded the National League Cy Young award next month, along with the MVP award too, but he’ll also carry the burden of a 1-5 record and 5.12 ERA in the postseason.
Kershaw absolutely stymied the Cardinals in the first six innings of each of his starts, yielding a .079 batting average (3-38).
But in that ugly seventh? He gave up nine runs and a .818 batting average (9 for 11).