Dodgers look for continued home dominance of the Cardinals
Wed, Oct 6th 7:58am EDT
Throw away the Cardinals’ two losses to end the regular season, as they had nothing to play for and instead chose to rest key players and set their rotation and bullpen up for the postseason. That being said, the Dodgers are massive -225 moneyline favorites (per BettingPros consensus odds) against a team that has recently won 19 of 20 games, six of which came against the Milwaukee Brewers that finished with the third-best record in the National League. Though Jack Flaherty might be their most talented pitcher if he was fully healthy, the Cardinals’ best chance to win an elimination playoff game is with Wainwright (17-7, 3.05). Wainwright has a career 2.89 ERA in 28 playoff appearances (15 starts), with 118 strikeouts in 109 playoff innings. Throughout his career, he has turned in some memorable performances in elimination games, like the complete game one-run effort in Game 5 of the 2013 NLDS. Mets fans also remember Wainwright freezing Carlos Beltran with a curveball in Game 7 of the NLCS in 2006, which sent St. Louis to the World Series. Though Wainwright is just 1-3 with a 4.30 ERA in seven career games (six starts) at Dodger Stadium, his postseason ERA is a half-run better than his career regular season ERA. Wainwright’s opposition had been the best pitcher in baseball over the last two months, before his last two starts, that is. Max Scherzer (8-4, 2.76) had a stretch where he threw 36.2 consecutive scoreless innings from late August to mid-September. However, Scherzer has been rocked for ten earned runs in his last 10.1 innings against the Rockies and Padres, which certainly takes away his feeling of invincibility heading into this game. Despite those poor efforts, his offense bailed him out, and the Dodgers are a perfect 11-0 in Scherzer’s starts since acquiring him at the trade deadline. The Dodgers narrowly won the head-to-head season series against the Cardinals 4-3.