Where's the Cardinals' offense?

Bats go cold at the wrong time for the defending champions

Updated: October 22, 2012, 4:27 AM ET
By Molly Knight | ESPN The Magazine

SAN FRANCISCO -- These St. Louis Cardinals have been here before.

Not to Game 7 -- though they've famously been there, too -- but a maddening place where even the second-best offense in the National League can resemble a team from the dead ball era.

For the second game in a row in this National League Championship Series, the Cardinals' bats looked like hapless toothpicks flailing through the night sky.

In Game 5 on Friday, it was the San Francisco Giants' Barry ...

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