Cardinals pound Nationals, 8-0, for 2-1 NLDS lead

Jon Jay and Carlos Beltran of the St.

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Jon Jay and Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate with Allen Craig after scoring in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals during NLDS Game 3. (Oct. 10, 2012) (Credit: Getty)

WASHINGTON -- The Cardinals are one win away from doing to the Nationals what the Nationals did to their star young pitcher Stephen Strasburg: total shutdown. Whether the two are related is open to debate, which could really heat up in a hurry Thursday.

Who knows if the Nationals could have avoided being down 2-1 in the Division Series, and being blitzed two games in a row, if they had not...

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