Cardinals Crush Dodgers To Reach Fourth World Series In 10 Years

St. Louis will face either Boston or Detroit for the championship.

1. For the fourth time in the past decade, the St. Louis Cardinals are on top of the National League. A 9-0 beatdown in Game 6 of the NLCS Friday night sealed yet another trip to the Fall Classic.

2. The only scoring the Cardinals would need came in the third inning, when Carlos Beltran laced an RBI single to right. The Cardinals’ pitching staff took care of the rest.

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3. Catcher A.J. Ellis’ face says it all for what the Dodgers and their fans are thinking now.

4. A historic second-half run was ultimately for naught, as the offense couldn’t keep up with St. Louis’ bats on a night that prospective Cy Young-winner Clayton Kershaw (four innings, seven earned runs) was downright human.

5. For the 16-year veteran Beltran, who had three hits on the night, it’s a first legit shot at a World Series title.

6. 22-year-old Michael Wacha, who pitched seven spectacular shutout innings of two-hit ball for his second win, was named NLCS Most Valuable Player.

7. And for new St. Louis manager Mike Matheny, it’s a pennant in his second season as skipper.

8. As for their prospective opponents, the Cardinals are 2-1 lifetime against both Boston and Detroit.

9. The 11-time World Champion Cardinals have a few days now to enjoy this win — and start thinking in earnest about No. 12.

10. Here’s how the final out went down, causing a massive and well-earned St. Louis celebration:

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