NLCS Game 2 (St. Louis v Los Angeles Dodgers)

Dodgers-Cardinals

How about Game 1, it is what makes Baseball one of the greatest sports of mankind. The players that have a personal effect in October made a difference in this 1st game. For the consolation Dodgers, Juan Uribe provided the only offense for the Dodgers, hitting a single that brought in Hanley Ramírez and Adrian González home. For the Cardinals, Carlos Beltrán is designated as my Player of The Game. Beltrán was responsible for two scoring plays, a double in the third to bring in Joe Kelly and Matt Carpenter. The last scoring play, which was in the bottom of the 13th, Beltrán singled to right and Daniel Descalso scored. The Cardinals won in Walkoff fashion.

Time to revisit Zack Greinke and Joe Kelly’s numbers against opposition.

Zack Greinke

The 2013 numbers for Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

  • 6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, BB & 4 SO
  • BAA .296, ERA 2.84 & 1.42 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 11.37 H, 1.42 BB, 5.68 K. K/BB is 4
  • GRADE: 76.32% (C)
  • Rates: 27.59% H, 6.90% R, 3.45% BB, 13.79% K.

Greinke’s numbers last night.

  • 8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB & 10 SO
  • BAA .143, ERA 2.25 & 0.63 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 4.5 H, 1.13 BB, 11.25 K. K/BB is 10.
  • GRADE: 84.03% (B)
  • Rates: 14.29% H, 7.14% R, 3.57% BB, 35.71% K

GREINKE had a HIGHER: INNINGS PITCHEDSTRIKEOUTS, K/BB, GRADE, RUN RATE, WALK RATE, STRIKEOUT RATE

GREINKE had a LOWER: HITS, BAA, ERA, WHIP, H/9, BB/9, HIT RATE

GREINKE HAD STAYED THE SAME: ER, BB

Joe Kelly

The 2013 numbers for Joe Kelly against the Dodgers when playing at Busch Stadium.

  • 5.1 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB & SO
  • BAA .273, ERA 1.69 & WHIP 1.50
  • Per 9 numbers: 10.13 H, 3.38 BB, 1.69 K. K/BB is 0.50
  • GRADE: 82.29% (B)
  • Rates: 27.27% H, 4.55% R, 9.09% BB, 4.55% K

Kelly’s numbers last night

  • 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB & 5 SO
  • BAA .250, ERA 3.00 & WHIP 1.33
  • Per 9 numbers: 9 H, 3 BB, 7.5 K. K/BB is 2.50
  • GRADE: 75.93% (C)
  • Rates: 22.22% H, 7.41% R & BB, 18.52% K

KELLY had a HIGHER: IP, ER, STRIKEOUT, ERA, K/9, K/BB, R RATE, K RATE

KELLY had a LOWER: BAA, WHIP, H/9, BB/9, GRADE, H RATE, BB RATE

KELLY had STAYED THE SAME: HITS, WALKS

Game 2 Pitchers

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw makes his third return to the NLCS. Kershaw’s numbers in the NLCS.

  • 8.2 IP, 6 H, 8 ER, 8 BB, 7 SO & 2 HR
  • BAA .188, ERA 8.31 & WHIP 1.62
  • Per 9 numbers: 6.23 H, 8.31 BB, 7.27 K, 2.08 HR. K/BB is 0.88.
  • GRADE: 44.87% (F)
  • Rates: 15.00% H, 20.00 R & BB, 17.50% K, 5.00% K

Kershaw did pitch in the NLDS, pitched in Game 1 and 4. The NLDS numbers.

  • 13 IP, 6 H, 3 R (ER), 4 BB & 18 SO
  • BAA .133, ERA 0.69 & WHIP 0.77
  • Per 9 numbers: 4.15 H, 2.77 BB, 12.46 K. K/BB is 4.50
  • GRADE: 91.88% (A)
  • Rates: 12% H, 6% R, 8% BB, 36% K

Kershaw has pitched at Busch Stadium, only 6 times. The 6 games.

  • 37 IP, 34 H, 16 R (15 ER), 16 BB & 32 SO
  • BAA .234, ERA 3.65 & WHIP 1.35
  • Per 9 numbers: 8.27 H, 3.89 BB, 7.78 K. K/BB is 2.00
  • GRADE: 72.22% (C)
  • Rates: 21.79% H, 10.26% R & BB, 20.51% K

Kershaw pitched one game at Busch Stadium once in 2013. That game.

  • 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB & 5 SO
  • BAA .250, ERA 3.00 & WHIP 1.33
  • Per 9 numbers: 9 H, 3 BB, 7.50 K. K/BB is 2.50
  • GRADE: 75.93% (C)
  • Rates: 25% H, 8.33% R & BB, 20.83% K

Kershaw is a valuable player for the Dodgers, pitching WAR is 7.9, that is 48.47% of Dodgers Pitching.

DODGERS POSTSEASON REPORT CARD:

CLAYTON KERSHAW: 91.88% (A) (Division)

ZACK GREINKE: 79.63% (C) (Division)/84.03 % (B) (League Championship)

HYUN-JIN RYU: 20.37% (F) (Division)

BULLPEN: 71.79% (C) (Division)/80.77% (B) (League Championship)

Michael Wacha

Michael Wacha, that one rookie that was compensated in the Albert Pujols bid war. Wacha is the rookie phenom that gets to stay with St. Louis for a long time, 2019 if you’re wondering. Wacha was asked to pitched Game 4 of the NLDS against the Pirates and managed to pull another no-hitter…till Pedro Alvarez hit a home run for the lone Pirates run. In the end, Wacha got the win against Charlie Morton, and his offense took Game 5. This is Wacha’s first postseason, so here are those Game 4 numbers.

  • 7.1 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 9 SO & HR
  • BAA .043, ERA 1.23 & WHIP 0.41
  • Per 9 numbers: 1.23 H, 2.45 BB, 11.05 K, 1.23 HR. K/BB is 4.5
  • GRADE: 90.91% (A)
  • Rates: 4% H, R & HR, 8% BB, 36% K

Wacha has been in the Cardinals rotation/bullpen since May 30. In the 15 appearances Wacha has all season, 10 of those are at Busch Stadium. Those 10 games at Busch.

  • 46 IP, 28 H, 11 ER, 14 BB, 47 SO & 2 HR
  • BAA .169, ERA 2.15 & WHIP 0.91
  • Per 9 numbers: 5.48 H, 2.74 BB, 9.20 K, 0.39 HR. K/BB is 3.36
  • GRADE: 82.97%
  • Rates: 15.73% H, 6.18% R, 7.87% BB, 26.40% K, 1.12% HR

Wacha has a pitcher’s WAR of 1.7, which is 7.87% of Cardinals pitching.

CARDINALS POSTSEASON REPORT CARD:

ADAM WAINWRIGHT: 89.58% (B) (Division)

LANCE LYNN: 29.49% (F) (Division)/94.44% (A) (League Championship Series)

JOE KELLY: 71.88% (C) (Division)/75.93% (C) (League Championship Series)

MICHAEL WACHA: 90.91% (A) (Division)

BULLPEN: 80.81% (B) (Division)/94.44% (A) (League Championship Series)

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Which pitcher has the EDGE in tonight;s game?

  • Clayton Kershaw: Home runs
  • Michael Wacha: Hits, Runs, Walks, Strikeouts

Kershaw, a true Dodger since his debut, has been nothing but talent for the Dodgers. Kershaw has been known to win a lot of games, lowest ERA in MLB, shutouts, striking out lots of batters and having one of the best WHIPs in the MLB. Kershaw doesn’t allow many hits per 9 (won the title 3x). Baseball always rewards its best players in the game. Kershaw and rewards being a 3x all star and winning the 2011 Cy Young Award. Kershaw in his lifetime has made $19.844 million, he will be arbitration eligible for the last time next season and can start an arbitration of at least $16.133 or higher. Kershaw is a free agent after the 2014 season.

Kershaw this season owned the ERA, WHIP strikeouts and shutouts. Those 2013 numbers.

  • 236 IP, 164 H, 55 R (48 ER), 52 BB, 232 SO & 11 HR
  • BAA .188, ERA 1.83 & WHIP 0.92
  • Per 9 numbers: 6.25 H, 1.98 BB, 8.85 K, 0.42 HR.
  • GRADE: 84.75% (B)
  • Rates: 18.06% H, 6.06% R, 5.73% BB, 25.55% K, 1.21% HR

Wacha, as a rookie, has done an impressive job for the Cardinals. Wacha came in late in the season, but here are his season’s numbers.

  • 64.2 IP, 52 H, 20 ER, 19 BB, 65 SO & 5 HR
  • BAA .211, ERA 2.78 & WHIP 1.10
  • Per 9 numbers: 7.24 H, 2.64 BB, 9.05 K, 0.7 HR. K/BB is 3.42.
  • GRADE: 78.44% (C)
  • Rates: 20% H, 7.69% R, 7.31% BB, 25% K, 1.92% HR

Kershaw-Wacha

Prediction:

Clayton Kershaw: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 2B, 2 R, 4 BB & 5 SO

Michael Wacha: Debut against Dodgers Lineup

Which offense bat(s) should Kershaw and Wacha be concerned for?

  • Kershaw: Matt Holliday and Pete Kozma
  • Wacha: Debut against Dodgers Lineup

PICK: Dodgers win Game 2

Busch Stadium

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