Date: October 19, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Wacha pitches Cardinals into the World Series

From Elias: Michael Wacha followed up his scoreless performance in Game 2 with seven shutout innings in the Cardinals' series-clinching 9-0 win over the Dodgers on Friday night. Wacha is the first rookie to record two scoreless starts in a single postseason series in major-league history.

St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers


Beltran continues his October brilliance

From Elias: Carlos Beltran went 3-for-4, including two hits with runners in scoring position that produced two runs, in the Cardinals' win over the Dodgers on Friday night. Beltran is now hitting .440 (11-for-25) with runners in scoring position in his career in the playoffs. That is the highest batting average for any player with at least 25 at-bats in that situation in major-league postseason history, just ahead of Miguel Cabrera (.429).

St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers


Puig's season ends in disappointing fashion

From Elias: Yasiel Puig's rookie season ended in disappointment when he committed two errors in right field and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts at the plate in the Dodgers' 9-0 loss to the Cardinals in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Friday night. Puig became the first player in major-league history to commit two errors and go hitless at the plate with multiple strikeouts in a game in which his team was eliminated from the postseason.

Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals



Blues tandem strikes again...but it's not enough for a win

From Elias: Alexander Steen scored two goals and David Backes scored one in the Blues' 4-3 shootout loss at Winnipeg on Friday night. Steen and Backes have each scored goals in five of the Blues' seven games this season, but no other pair of NHL teammates has scored goals in the same game more than three times. Steen has scored seven goals this season, only one less than the total of eight goals he posted while playing 40 games for St. Louis last season, and Backes' total of six goals matches his output from 48 games with the Blues last season. In Blues history, the only other season in which they had two players each score at least six goals in the team's first seven games of a season was 1993-94, when Brendan Shanahan (7) and Kevin Miller (7) did so.

St. Louis Blues, Winnipeg Jets