St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free Pick NLCS Game 2 - 10/12/13
Los Angeles Dodgers (92-70) at St. Louis Cardinals (97-65)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 4:07 pm (Busch Stadium)
Clayton Kershaw (L) (17-9) (1.771) vs. Michael Wacha (R) (4-1) (2.641)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals +110 / Los Angeles Dodgers -120 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers and St Louis Cardinals take the field in game two of their NLCS at Busch Stadium. (Written with the score tied 2-2 in the 12th)
Game one of the NLDS turned out just as I thought with more pitching then hitting. The Dodgers certainly have plenty of pitching and more then enough offensive potential although it was the work on the mound that was front page news through eleven frames. It was no surprise that starter Zack Greinke was at the top of his game with two runs plated on four hits and a free pass over eight innings while striking out ten before Brian Wilson and Ronald Belisario tossed a scoreless inning each. The bats mustered eight hits and walked four times with Juan Uribe rapping a two run single in the 3rd. The Dodgers turn to their ace Clayton Kershaw to secure a win over St Louis. Kershaw was his usual stingy self in two starts versus Atlanta where he went 1-0 with a no decision where he allowed one earned run over 13 innings.
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St Louis is similar to Los Angeles in that there is no shortage of firepower on both the mound and at the plate. That is the reason the Cardinals are in the NLCS as they are fully capable of winning with their offense or pitching. It was more of the latter that we saw in the NLCS opener on Friday with starter Joe Kelly giving up a pair of third inning runs on six hits and a pair of bases on balls through six innings of work. Although that was a winnable performance the offense couldn't get him the victory with only four hits and three free passes. Carlos Beltran came through with the clutch hit with a two run double in the only real threat the Redbirds produced in eleven frames. Rookie right hander Michael Wacha takes the ball Saturday hoping to control the Dodgers lineup. Wacha defeated Pittsburgh in game four of the ALDS 2-1 with a lone run given up over 7.1 frames.
In my view there is no clear cut winner in this series with either team capable of winning so I'll go with Kershaw at this price and probably just watch it...