For the STL Cardinals the 2019 MLB season is over

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 14: Jack Flaherty #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after giving up a two run RBI double by Howie Kendrick #47 of the Washington Nationals during the third inning of game three of the National League Championship Series at Nationals Park on October 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 14: Jack Flaherty #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after giving up a two run RBI double by Howie Kendrick #47 of the Washington Nationals during the third inning of game three of the National League Championship Series at Nationals Park on October 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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With the STL Cardinals facing a 3-0 series deficit and Jack Flaherty already losing, their season is over.

I wrote last week that the Nationals would have an easy path to their first World Series appearance in franchise history, and it seems to be coming true as the STL Cardinals are on the brink of elimination.

The St. Louis Cardinals scored ten runs in the first inning before tacking on three more during the NLDS Game 5 win over the Braves, but that same offense has seemingly disappeared.

They have combined to score just one run in their first three games. They got no-hit through 7.2 innings in Game 1 and then 6 innings in Game 2.

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Oh and then in Game 3, Stephen Strasburg didn’t allow a single earned run in his start.

I know that the Nationals have a great rotation, and that is in part to why they beat the Dodgers in the Division Series, but when you smash the Braves on the road in Game 5 like the Cardinals did, they are expected to score more than one run in the first three games.

Jack Flaherty gave up 4 ER in his first 3 innings of his Game 3 loss in Washington.

Flaherty’s Game 3 loss was their last hope to try to get back in the series, as they are now down 3-0 to the Washington Nationals with two more games (if it gets to a Game 5) at Nationals Park.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Patrick Corbin, who seemed to rediscover a feel for his pitches in his last outing in Los Angeles, is on the mound in what could be the series clincher which would send Washington to its first World Series ever.

Dakota Hudson is going to oppose him, and it should be obvious that the Nats are favorites heading into the game.

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The Nats offense is clicking on all cylinders while the STL Cardinals seem to be doing the exact opposite.