Who blinked first? The Cardinals announced their starting rotation, but the Giants haven't. Everyone thinks they know what it is: Bumgarner, Peavy, Hudson, Vogelsong.
One new wrinkle (so far): if his instructional league games go well, Giants slugger Michael Morse will be on the roster. He might contribute, but I doubt that it's "huge" news, at least for the first few games of the St. Louis series. Still, every run that crosses the plate counts hugely for the Giants.
The Cardinals are early favorites, as are the Orioles in the American League series against the Royals. They are also two of the oldest franchises in baseball, and the two oldest in the playoffs in terms of time in their present city. Ironically, they both have roots in St. Louis, and both at one time were called St. Louis Browns. The Cards have always been in St. Louis, and the Orioles have been in Baltimore since 1954, two years before the Giants moved to San Francisco from New York. The Royals were an early expansion team, starting where they are, in Kansas City, in 1969.
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