L.A. Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals Game 1

web-dodgers-at-cardinal_3a7The Los Angeles Dodgers will travel to St. Louis Missouri to face the Cardinals in game 1 of the NLCS. The Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in 5 games to advance to the NLCS while the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves in 4 games to advance to the NLCS.

The Dodgers will start Zack Greinke in game 1. In his only start so far this postseason, Greinke pitched 6 innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out 3. In the regular season Greinke has a 15-4 record in 28 games started. He has given up 54 runs (52 earned) for a 2.63 ERA on 152 hits while striking out 148 and walking 46 in 177.2 innings pitched. On the other side the Cardinals will start Joe Kelly. Kelly pitched 1 game so far this postseason also allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits striking out 5 and walking 4 in 5 1/3 innings pitched. During the regular season Kelly has a 2.69 ERA in 37 games (15 starts) with a 10-5 record. Kelly has given up 42 runs (37 earned) while striking out 79 and walking 44.

 

Keys to the game

For the Dodgers

1. Can they keep scoring? In the 4 game series against Atlanta when the Dodgers scored more then 4 runs they won but when they scored less then 4 they lost.
2. Can Hanley Ramirez stay hot? This postseason Hanley has 8 hits in 16 at-bats with 4 doubles, a triple and a home run with 6 RBIs.
3. Can they slow down Matt Adams? Adams has 6 hits in 19 at-bats with 1 home run and 2 RBIs.

 

For the Cardinals

1. Can Carlos Beltran stay hot in October? Beltran has 4 hits in 18 at-bats with 2 home runs and 6 RBIs.
2. Can their Joe Kelly match wits with Zack Greinke. Greinke gave up 2 runs in his first start so can Kelly give up that or less to help his team win.
3. Can they stop Carl Crawford? Crawford has 6 hits in 17 at-bats with 3 home runs and 5 RBIs and 6 runs scored.

 

My Prediction

The Cardinals fall behind early as Kelly gives up 4 runs in the first 2 innings.  The Cardinals never get anything else as they get shutdown by Greinke as he dominates only allowing 1 run over 7 innings. The bullpen shuts down the Cardinals as well only giving up 1 hit in 2 innings pitched to secure a win for the Dodgers.

Final Score

Dodgers: 4
Cardinals: 1

 

 

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