Cards Turn To Suppan In Game 7

One of the most reliable starters down the stretch, Jeff went 6-2 with a 2.34 ERA in 15 starts after the all-star break. Suppan is 2-2 in postseason starts overall. Both wins came in game-clinchers in 2004 - Game 4 of the DS vs. Los Angeles and Game 7 of the LCS vs. Houston. Can he do it again?

Jeff Suppan will start tonight's Game 7, his third start of this postseason & the 7th of his career in postseason play. It will be his 5th career start in LCS action and 2nd this season after getting the win in Game 3. Suppan also made a pair of starts against the Astros in 2004's NLCS and one in 2005's NLCS vs. Houston.

One of the most reliable starters down the stretch, Jeff went 6-2 with a 2.34 ERA in 15 starts after the all-star break...his 2.34 ERA ranked 3rd among all Major Leaguers post All-Star break.

This postseason Suppan tossed 8.0 shutout innings, allowing three hits, in the Cards 5-0 Game 3 win last Saturday (10/14, helping himself with a solo home run, the first pitcher in 66 years to throw 8.0 shutout innings and hit a home run in the same postseason game.

In Game 3 of the DS this year, Jeff pitched just 4.1 innings in the 3-1 loss, Suppan allowed six hits and fanned three, but a double and sac fly in the 4th gave the Padres a 3-0 lead they did not give up.

Looking ahead to Game 7, St. Louis has been in 10 World Series Game 7's and tonight's contest will mark the fourth NLCS Game 7 the Cardinals have been in. the Redbirds have a 7-3 mark in World Series game 7 and a 2-1 LCS record when the series has stretched to a deciding Game 7.

The Cardinals are a combined 25-27 (.481 winning pct.) in N.L. Championship Series games and have won four of the eight League Championship Series that they have taken part in, but just one of their last five (2004). They won each of their first three NLCS, sweeping the Braves in the old best-of-five format in 1982 and winning best-of-seven series from Los Angeles in 1985 and San Francisco in 1987.

The Cardinals & Mets faced each other in the 2000 NLCS with New York winning, 4 games to 1. The Mets won the first two games in St. Louis before the Cardinals posted an 8-2 win in Game #3 at Shea Stadium. The Mets posted wins in Games #4 & #5 to close out the series.

Tonight behind Suppan the Cardinals are hoping they can pull out one more win at Shea Stadium to advance to the World Series.

The winner of tonight's game will travel to Detroit to prepare for Game 1 of the World Series slated for Saturday at 7:19 p.m. (CT). The game will be shown live on FOX with ESPN Radio also covering.

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