The Cardinals came limping into the playoffs and they had alot of spots to fill. But in game 1 of the NLDS they looked great on all aspects of the game. Pitching, hitting, and defense, all spectacular. Albert Pujols started the offense for the Cards in the 4th inning. He launced a 2-run homer off of Jake Peavy that put them up 2-0. With the three runs that the Cardinal offense put up in the 4th, that's all Chris Carpenter would need. He went 6.1 IP 5 H 1 R 1 BB and 7 Ks. He was taken out in the 7th because he had already reached 100 pitches and Tony La Rusa didn't want to over work his ACE. Juan Encarnacion, Jim Edmonds, and Yadier Molina all added 1 RBI each in the 5-1 win. Next game is on Thursday at 4:00 ET on ESPN.
STL: Jeff Weaver
SD: David Wells