2014 NLDS Game 3 Cardinals vs. Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers (94-68) at St. Louis Cardinals (90-72)
MLB Baseball: Monday, October 6, 2014 at 3:33 pm (Busch Stadium)
Hyun-Jin Ryu (L) (14-7) (3.38 ) vs. John Lackey (R) (3-3) (4.30)
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The St. Louis Cardinals host the Los Angeles Dodgers for game three of their NLDS series on Monday at Busch Stadium.
The Los Angeles Dodgers evened the series 1-1 with a 3-2 win on Saturday night in LA. Zack Greinke did the heavy lifting pitching seven scoreless innings and exiting with a 2-0 lead, but reliever J.P. Howell made things interesting in the eighth allowing a game-tying home run to Matt Carpenter. Matt Kemp delivered a solo shot in the bottom half of the inning though that proved to be the deciding run in a victory that boosted player and fan spirits following a demoralizing opening game loss. The Dodgers haven’t had much trouble at the plate to start the series with AJ Ellis batting .625 with a HR and two RBI’s, Matt Kemp batting .556 with a homer and two RBI’s, Hanley Ramirez hitting .429, Adrian Gonzalez batting .250 with three RBI’s, and Yasiel Puig at .250 with an RBI. The Dodgers are probably weakest in middle relief which places the burden on the starting pitcher to last deep into the game without tiring.
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The Dodgers will turn to their big lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu for game three as they look to steal a game on the road. Ryu enters this contest with a WHIP of 1.19 and ERA of 3.38 while posting a 14-7 record over 26 regular season starts. Ryu has been better on the road with a 3.03 ERA, and he conceded three runs on nine hits over seven innings in his lone start against the Cardinals back on June 27th, striking out seven batters.
The St. Louis Cardinals have to be content with an even series right now as no one expected them to rally to beat Clayton Kershaw in game one. The Cardinals were an impressive 51-30 at Busch Stadium on the season and now have the opportunity to win the NLDS at home with consecutive victories. The Cardinals weren’t a great offensive team during the regular season ranking 23rd in the league in runs scored and 24th in slugging, but that hasn’t stopped them from delivering big extra base hits thus far in this series. Matt Carpenter leads the team batting .500 in the postseason with two HRs, two doubles and six RBIs, John Jay is hitting .429 with an RBI and Matt Holliday is batting .250 with a home run and three RBIs. The Cardinals would like to see more production from Matt Adams, Yadier Molina and Johnny Peralta, who each have a single hit thus far.
The Cardinals will turn to trade-deadline-acquisition John Lackey on Monday looking to prove that they built a proper postseason roster. Lackey was far from special after coming to the National League with an ERA of 4.23 in six August starts and 4.43 in four September starts, posting a total record of 3-3. Lackey has not faced the Dodgers this year, but a few players have seen plenty of him with Carl Crawford batting .479 over 48 at bats, Adrian Gonzalez batting .353 over 17 at bats, and Juan Uribe batting .261 over 23 at bats.
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The Cardinals were a strong home team this year but the Dodgers were also a strong road team so I am siding with the better team with the starter I have more faith in at a decent price of even money.