Francisco Liriano could give the Pirates a 2-1 series lead on Sunday. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Prior to the NLDS against the Cardinals, I wrote that St. Louis didn't have an advantage over the Pittsburgh Pirates. That wasn't me saying the opposite -- that the Pirates had an advantage. It just pointed out that the two teams were pretty even, despite the feeling that the Pirates were underdogs in the series.

There were predictions that favored the Pirates prior to the series. A lot of those predictions relied on advanced stats, noting the defensive shifts by the Pirates, and noting the unsustainable RISP numbers by the Cardinals.

The Pirates went into St. Louis and played about as expected when you look at the overall results. I don't think anyone was predicting 9-1 and 7-1 score...

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