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NL Championship Series matchup: Dodgers vs. Cardinals

A look at the matchup between the Dodgers and St. Louis in the National League Championship Series.

October 10, 2013|By Kevin Baxter
  • Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez celebrates after hitting a fourth-inning triple against the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of the National League division series.
Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez celebrates after hitting a fourth-inning… (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles…)

Projected lineups

P; DODGERS Avg.; HR; RBIs; Comment; P; CARDINALS; Avg.; HR; RBI; Comment

LF; Carl Crawford; .283; 6; 31; Three playoff homers matches total from last 92 regular-season games; 2B; Matt Carpenter; .318; 11; 78; most valuable player candidate went one for 19 against Pirates.

2B; Mark Ellis; .270; 6; 48; Scored four runs in four NLDS games; RF; Carlos Beltran; .296; 24; 84; All-time leader in postseason slugging percentage (.761).

SS; Hanley Ramirez; .345; 20; 57; Hit .500 in NLDS with six extra-base hits, six RBIs; LF; Matt Holliday; .300; 22; 94; Won Game 4 of NLDS with a two-run homer.

1B; Adrian Gonzalez; .293; 22; 100; Hit safely in all four NLDS games; 1B; Matt Adams; .284; 17; 51; Playing in place of Allen Craig, hit .326 in September.

RF; Yasiel Puig; .319; 19; 42; Batted .471 with five runs in division series; C; Yadier Molina; .319; 12; 80; Had career highs in batting (.319), RBIs (80) during regular season.

3B; Juan Uribe; .278; 12; 50; Homered on consecutive days for only time this year in NLDS; CF; John Jay; .276; 7; 67; Led team with five runs in NLDS despite hitting .188.

CF; Skip Schumaker; .263; 2; 30; Only starter without an extra-base hit vs. Braves; 3B; David Freese; .262; 9; 60; Of three NLDS hits, one broke open Game 1 and second won Game 5.

C; A.J. Ellis; .238; 10; 52; Hitting 95 points higher in postseason than regular season; SS; Pete Kozma; .217; 1; 35; Had team-high .400 batting average in NLDS.

P; Zack Greinke; .328; 0; 4; Led all major starters in batting average and on-base percentage; P; Joe Kelly; .152; 0; 2; Second on staff with four runs scored in regular season.

The Dodgers scored three or fewer runs in more than half their regular-season games, then exploded in their National League division series against the Braves, averaging 6 1/2 runs. The Dodgers batted .333 with a .572 slugging percentage as a team, led by Ramirez (.500, six extra-base hits) and Crawford (three homers, six runs). The Cardinals have gone the other way, with more strikeouts (31) than hits (21) in the postseason. Three starters — Freese (.188), Jay (.188) and Carpenter (.053) — are hitting below .200. The Cardinals hit .330 with runners in scoring position during the summer but are batting just .185 in the fall.

Advantage: Dodgers.

Starting pitchers

DODGERS; W-L; ERA; Comment; CARDINALS; W-L; ERA; Comment

Zack Greinke; 15-4; 2.63; Only Dodger to lose in postseason despite quality start; Joe Kelly; 10-5; 2.69; Averaged less than 5 2/3 innings per start.

Clayton Kershaw; 16-9; 1.83; Gave up one run in 13 innings vs. Braves; Michael Wacha; 4-1; 2.78; Rookie has come within five outs of a no-hitter in each of last two starts.

Hyun-Jin Ryu; 14-8; 3.00; Three-inning playoff outing was his shortest of season; Adam Wainwright; 19-9; 2.94; Beat Pirates twice in NLDS, including complete game in clincher.

Ricky Nolasco; 13-11; 3.70; Skipped in NLDS after going 0-2, 12.75 ERA last three starts; Lance Lynn; 15-10, 3.97; Lasted just 4 1/3 innings, giving up five runs in loss to Pirates.

Dodgers starters led the majors with a 3.13 earned-run average during the regular season and were even more dominant in the NLDS, posting a 2.86 ERA against Atlanta and holding Braves hitters to .193 average and less than a baserunner an inning. Much of the heavy lifting was done by left-hander Kershaw and right-hander Greinke, each of whom figures to pitch twice in this series. If the Dodgers need a fourth starter, they may follow left-handers Kershaw and Ryu with Chris Capuano since St. Louis batted .238 against left-handers and .280 against right-handers. One more stat of note: Kershaw is 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in his last three starts against the Cardinals, and he hasn't won in St. Louis since August 2011.

Advantage: Dodgers.

Bullpen

Player; W-L-SV; ERA; Comment; Player; W-L-SV; ERA; Comment

Kenley Jansen; 4-3-28; 1.88; Struck out seven in NLDS and has total of 118 strikeouts in 79 innings; Trevor Rosenthal; 2-4-3; 2.63; Posted saves in all four chances since taking over as closer.

Ronald Belisario; 5-7-1; 3.97; Allowed baserunners in two of three NLDS appearances; Carlos Martinez; 2-1-1, 1.52; 5.08; Led relievers with three NLDS appearances, giving up two runs.

Paco Rodriguez; 3-4-2; 2.32; Gave up four hits, two walks and two runs while getting two outs; Kevin Siegrist; 3-1-0; 0.45; One of two Cardinals bullpen left-handers who gave up two earned runs in 47 games.

Brian Wilson; 2-1-0; 0.66; Has 12 consecutive scoreless appearances in postseason; Seth Maness; 5-2-1; 2.32; Gave up more hits (66) than had innings pitched (63 1/3 ).

Chris Withrow; 3-0-1; 2.60; Allowed two runs in Game 2 NLDS loss; John Axford; 7-7-0; 4.02; Late-season addition had two hitless appearances against Pirates.

J.P. Howell; 4-1-0; 2.03; Retired six of seven left-handed hitters he faced in NLDS; Edward Mujica; 2-1-37; 3.45; Lost closer job with less than two weeks left in regular season.

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