The St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues look to get past disappointing playoff exists.
While the St. Louis Cardinals are used to winning titles - winning two championships and appearing in the Fall Classic four times in the past 10 seasons - the St. Louis Blues have not appeared on hockey's biggest stage since losing three straight Stanley Cup Finals in the franchise's first three seasons of existence, back in 1967-70.
The St. Louis teams are led by Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and Blues forward T.J. Oshie, who are on this week's regional cover of Sports Illustrated, which previews the MLB postseason and upcoming NHL season.
Wainwright has been downright dominant this season and would be the Cy Young front runner if weren't Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. Wainwright went 20-9 with a 2.38 ERA and 1.03 WHIP and finished the year winning his last five decisions. If the Cardinals bats can't get going this postseason, the team will rely its stingy pitching staff, which led the majors with 23 shutouts.
The Blues, bounced out of the playoffs in the first round for the second straight season, upgraded their offense by signing Paul Stasny this offseason, pairing him along with Sochi Olympic hero Oshie, David Backes and a strong defense, which was second in the NHL last season with an 85.7 penalty kill percentage.
For more on the upcoming NHL season and MLB playoffs, check out this week's Sports Illustrated (subscribe here). Also featured in this issue, Tim Layden profiles Chicago Bears all-purpose back Matt Forte, and Lee Jenkins writes about NL Cy Young and MVP candidate Kershaw.