ST. LOUIS -

Heading into Game 5 of their NL division series against Pittsburgh, the Cardinals can take comfort in this: They're 7-1 the last three years when facing postseason elimination.
 
Though this is the Pittsburgh Pirates' first playoff appearance since 1992, they've looked seasoned, too.
 
Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright starts Game 5, opposed by rookie Gerrit Cole, who pitched like an ace in his postseason debut.
 
Statistically, the series is almost dead even. The Pirates are batting .189 and have scored 14 runs, while the Cardinals are hitting .192 with 15 runs.
 
Most Cardinals players participated in an optional workout Tuesday. The Pirates did not work out and were scheduled to arrive later in the day.