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10/15/2004 12:24 AM ET
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History on Cardinals' side
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Since the introduction of the seven-game League Championship Series in 1985, the Cardinals have appeared in six, but had never won the first two games until this year.

History is on the Cardinals' side as teams that have taken a 2-0 advantage in the LCS have won the series in 13 of 15 instances. Only the 1985 Cardinals and 1985 Royals managed to come back from 0-2 to win the series.

The Cardinals after two LCS games
Year Series Opponent After two Result
2004 NLCS Houston 2-0 ?
2002 NLCS San Francisco 0-2 Lost (SF 4, STL 1)
2000 NLCS New York 0-2 Lost (NYM 4, STL 1)
1996 NLCS Atlanta 1-1 Lost (ATL 4, STL 3)
1987 NLCS San Francisco 1-1 Won (STL 4, SF 3)
1985 NLCS Los Angeles 0-2 Won (STL 4, LA 2)

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