St. Louis Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter (13) slides past the plate and has to scramble back to touch it to score past San Francisco Giants catcher Hector Sanchez (29) on a fifth inning RBI single during Game 4 in their MLB NLCS playoff baseball series in St. Louis, Missouri, October 18, 2012. REUTERS/John Gress
Matthew Pouliot, NBC Sports
Is everyone all geared up to see the NLÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s fifth best team and the ALÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s seventh best team square off in the World Series?
Of course, the Cardinals and Tigers have genuinely looked like baseballÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s best teams during October. And if some would prefer neither had reached the postseason because they werenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t all that good in the regular season, well, thatÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s just too bad.
One win away from reaching the World Series, the Cardinals will send Lance Lynn to the mound in FridayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Game 5 in St. Louis. The 18-game winner will be opposed by 15-game winner Barry Zito.