2014 NLDS Game 2 Dodgers vs. Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals (90-72) at Los Angeles Dodgers (94-68)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 9:37 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Lance Lynn (R) (15-10) (2.740) vs. Zack Greinke (R) (17-8) (2.713)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -155 / St. Louis Cardinals +145 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MLB Network
The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals meet for game two of their NLDS Series on Saturday night after playing the highest scoring game of the playoffs on Friday night.
The St. Louis Cardinals pulled out a 10-9 victory in game one, rallying from down 6-1 to absolutely stun the capacity crowd at Dodger Stadium. The Cardinals opened the game with a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning with a home run from rookie Randal Grichuk, but starter Adam Wainwright couldn’t hold on for long allowing six runs on 11 hits getting pulled after just 4.1 innings. The Cardinals showed zero quit despite the hole they were presented with, exploding for nine runs in the sixth and seventh innings as Matt Carpenter delivered a solo home run and the go-ahead bases clearing double, Matt Adams and John Jay each delivered RBI singles, and Matt Holliday put the game out of reach with a three run blast.
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The Cardinals will look to once again showcase their playoff moxie as Lance Lynn takes the mound on Saturday. Lynn enters this contest with a WHIP of 1.26 and ERA of 2.74 while posting a 15-10 record in the regular season. The righty Lynn had a 3.05 ERA on the road this season while going 6-6 and giving up nine home runs over 15 starts. Lynn was roughed up in two starts against the Dodgers this year, conceding a run per inning over nine innings of work, most of which damage came during an abbreviated start at Dodger Stadium on June 28th.
The Los Angeles Dodgers really let a win slip away on Friday night as ace Clayton Kershaw unraveled at the end of his shift to get charged with eight runs allowed over 6.2 innings despite striking out ten batters. Reliever Pedro Baez proceeded to allow two more runs on the night as the Dodgers seemingly didn’t have an option to turn to in middle relief to avoid the catastrophe that unfolded. LA pounded out 16 hits in the loss as AJ Ellis had four hits including a two run homer, Adrian Gonzalez hit a two run blast, Matt Kemp had three hits and an RBI, and Hanley Ramirez, Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford each had two hits and drove in a run.
The Dodgers will look for a deep outing out of Zack Greinke on Saturday as they attempt to rebound from a crushing blow at home. Greinke enters this game with a WHIP of 1.15 and ERA of 2.71 while posting a regular season record of 17-8. The righty Greinke has been sharp at home with a 2.55 ERA and 10-2 record over 15 starts. Greinke wasn’t as sharp against the Cardinals in two starts this season with a 3.55 ERA over 12.2 innings of work.
With the later start time for game two runs should be tougher to come by as the ball just doesn't travel as well at Dodger Stadium at night, but after Friday night's explosion from these offenses I can't help but bite on this low total.