NLDS Tidbits: Molina Not Showing Age, Lifts Cardinals to Do-or-Die NLCS Game 5
At the age of 37, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is still going strong-- fortunately for the Cardinals. It was Molina on Monday who not only delivered the game-tying single in the eighth inning of the Cardinals 5-4, 10-inning victory against the Braves, forcing a win-or-go-home Game 5 in the NLDS at Atlanta on Wednesday.
Oh, and he also came up with the game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th of what was the 21st post-season appearance in his career.
"I like the moment," said Molina. "I don't know what it is, but my concentration level is up, and I liked the moment."
He has enjoyed "the moment" many times. Molina has appeared in 93 post-season games over 10 seasons in which he and the Cardinals have advanced to the post-season. He has 33 post-season RBI, second to only Jorge Posada's 40 RBI among catchers, and a .281 average, sixth highest among catchers with at least 100 post-season plate appearances.
Anthony Rendon is the MVP of the Nationals -- and many will support him for the MVP of the NL. And his value has surfaced in the NLCS against the Dodgers.
The Dodgers and Nationals have split the first two games. In the Nationals' two wins, Rondon is 3-for-6 with four RBI. In the Nationals' 6-1 win in Game 4 on Monday, which forced a Game 5 at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Rondon was 1-for-2 with three RBI.
His sacrifice fly in the third tied the score at 1-1. He singled home the first run in a four-run fifth inning, and he capped off the Nationals' scoring with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.