NLDS Game 3 – Los Angeles Dodgers @ St. Louis Cardinals – Monday October 6th

I’ve started out 0-2 in MLB playoff predictions on this site. This evening is game 3 of the NLDS series between the Dodgers and Cardinals.

  Los Angeles Dodgers @ St. Louis Cardinals – Game 3 – Series 1-1

The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals resume their best of 5 game series this evening with game 3 as each team tries to to take a 2-1 edge. In game 1, last Friday, the Cardinals prevailed 10-9. St. Louis entered the top of the 7th inning down 6-2 but erupted for 8 innings in that inning. Reliever Marco Gonzales picked up the win as he pitched 1 inning as he didn’t allow a run on one hit. Trevor Rosenthal picked up his 1st save of the postseason. Rosenthal pitched 1 inning while allowing 1 earned run on 2 hits. 3rd baseman Matt Carpenter was 2 for 5 with 4 rbi’s and 2 runs. Left-fielder Matt Holliday was 2 for 4 with 3 rbi’s and 2 runs. Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw was pegged with the loss. Kershaw pitched 6.2 innings as he allowed 8 earned runs on 8 hits. He struck out 10 batters. Catcher A.J. Ellis was 4 for 5 with 2 rbi’s and 3 runs. Center-fielder Yasiel Puig was 2 for 4 with 1 rbi and 3 runs. In game 2 the Dodgers were victorious 3-2. L.A. entered the bottom of the 8th inning tied up at 2 (after the Cardinals scored 2 runs in the top half of the inning) then right-fielder Matt Kemp hit a tie-breaking solo home run. Reliever Brandon League notched the win as he pitched 1 inning while not allowing an earned run nor a hit. Closer Kenley Jansen picked up his 1st save of the postseason. Jansen pitched 1 inning and didn’t allow an earned run nor a hit. He struck out 2 batters. Kemp was 2 for 4 in the game with the 1 rbi. Puig struggled as he struck out all 4 times at bat. Cardinals reliever Pat Neshek got saddled with the loss as he pitched 1 inning while allowing 1 earned run on 1 hit. Carpenter had another good game as he was 2 for 3 with 2 rbi’s and 1 run. The starting pitchers tonight will be lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu for the Dodgers and right-handed John Lackey for the Cardinals. During the regular season Ryu had a 14-7 record with a 3.38 era and 139 strikeouts in 152 innings pitched. He has a 5-2 record (with 2 no decisions) in his last 9 starts. During the regular season Lackey had a 14-10 record with a 3.82 era and 164 strikeouts in 198 innings pitched. He had a 3-3 record in 10 starts with the Cardinals since being traded from the Red Sox.

Of the 9 games this year (regular season and playoffs) played between Los Angeles and St. Louis 5 have been decided by 1 run.

Prediction: I’m expecting another close game but I have to go with the home team as they won all 3 at home versus the Dodgers in last year’s NLCS.

Take the Cardinals 2.06 (Bet365)

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