Cardinals land in familiar territory

Up 3-1 again, St. Louis hopes to avoid a similar fate to last year's NLCS collapse

Updated: October 16, 2013, 9:09 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- David Freese at least managed a little smile as the question came out. Carlos Beltran was polite, but short. Mike Matheny didn't want to go down that road at all.

Yes, the St. Louis Cardinals find themselves up 3-1 in the National League Championship Series after Tuesday night's 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yes, that is the same position they were in last season, before losing in seven games to the San Francisco Giants, the eventual World Series champions.

But ...

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