Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals Free Pick NLCS Game Five - 10/16/13
St. Louis Cardinals (97-65) at Los Angeles Dodgers (92-70)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 4:07 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Joe Kelly (R) (9-3) (2.380) vs. Zack Greinke (R) (15-5) (2.630)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers / St. Louis Cardinals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers look to avoid elimination with a win over St Louis in game five of the NLDS.
In a series where scoring has not been all that common the Cardinals enjoyed an offensive explosion of sorts in a 4-2 victory over Los Angeles to give the Redbirds a 3-1 series lead. The scoring was still tame by Cardinals standards who are always capable of lighting up the scoreboard although the runs were more then enough thanks to solid work on the mound from Lance Lynn who was charged with both runs on six hits and a trio of free passes over 5.1 innings pitched. The bats totaled six hits and walked six times that saw Matt Holliday club a two run bomb with Shane Robinson going solo. The Cardinals are scheduled to send Joe Kelly to the hill to face Los Angeles for the second time iin the NLCS. Kelly did not get a decision in a 3-2 win where he allowed both runs on six hits in six frames.
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If the Dodgers eventually drop the NLCS to St Louis they will look back and wonder what happened to their offense that was held in check. A struggling offense combined with a struggling Ricky Nolasco which was not a good thing Tuesday. Nolasco was charged with three third inning runs on three hits and a base on balls through four innings of work with JP Howell allowing a solo homer in the the 7th. The offense mustered eight hits and coaxed three free passes so they had plenty of base runners but received a pair of run scoring singles from Yasiel Puig and AJ Ellis that plated Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Eithier. Zack Greinke takes the ball in his second appearance versus the Cardinals on Wednesday. Greinke received a no decision in a 3-2 defeat in which he gave up two runs over eight innings while whiffing ten.
My initial lean was the Dodgers and Greinke but with no line out I will have some time to think this over but I won't lay any juice so please check back.