NLCS Game 4 (Los Angeles Dodgers v St. Louis)

Dodgers-Cardinals

And on this 4th game of the National League Championship Series, the Dodgers avoid the elimination game. That statement says it all. Now that Game 3 was won by the Dodgers, can they actually tie this series and put pressure on St. Louis to win the 4th game in St. Louis?

Quick recap from Game 3 in Los Angeles. The Dodgers gave the ball to Hyun-jin Ryu, who has been a dominant force at home. The Cardinals gave the ball to their ace, Adam Wainwright. At the end of the night, the Dodgers exposed Adam Wainwright. The two players that managed to expose Wainwright are Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig. Those two determined to make Game 3 go to Los Angeles. Both Gonzalez and Puig scored their Runners in scoring position. Gonzalez scored his baserunner at third. Puig thought he had a flip of the bat home run, but scored his two baserunners from second and third. Puig, who is fast, had a stand up triple, sending Dodger Stadium into a electric atmosphere. Deadspin released comments from the Cardinals about the Dodgers play of baseball.

Regardless of what happened last night, this is October baseball and it should be a good time for the fan base that has reached the Postseason for the first time in 4 years.

Adam Wainwright

Wainwright did not pitch at Los Angeles this season. The numbers for Adam Wainwright last night.

  • 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER & 5 SO
  • BAA .222, ERA 2.57 & 0.86 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 7.71 H, 6.43 K.
  • GRADE: 80.95% (B)
  • Rates: 23.08% H, 7.69% R, 19.23% K

The 2 runs that Wainwright allowed were done by Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig.

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Hyun-jin Ryu did not face the St. Louis Cardinals in Los Angeles this season. The numbers for Ryu last night.

  • 7 IP, 3 H, BB & 4 SO
  • BAA .125 & 0.57 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 3.86 H, 1.29 BB, 5.14 K. K/BB is 4.00.
  • GRADE: 96.83% (A)
  • Rates: 12.50% H, 4.17% BB, 16.67% K

Ryu shows that he can pitch in Dodger Stadium and dominate.

Lance Lynn

Game 4 Starters.

Lance Lynn, making his 3rd NLCS appearance, and has already appeared once for Bullpen on Friday night’s Game 1 win in 13 innings. This will be Lynn’s 9th appearance in the League Championship Series. The LCS numbers.

  • 14.2 IP, 13 H, 8 R (4 ER), 7 BB & 11 SO
  • BAA .228, ERA 2.45 & WHIP 1.36
  • Per 9 numbers: 7.98 H, 4.3 BB, 6.75 K. K/BB is 1.57
  • GRADE: 78.79% (C)
  • Rates: 21.31% H, 13.11, 11.48% BB, 18.03% K

Lynn has appeared in the 2013 Postseason two times, one for NLDS and the other for the NLCS. The 2013 Postseason numbers.

  • 6.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 7 SO & HR
  • BAA .296, ERA 7.11 & WHIP 1.89
  • Per 9 numbers: 11.37 H, 5.68 BB, 9.95 K, 1.42 HR. K/BB is 1.75
  • GRADE: 50.00% (F)
  • Rates: 25.81% H, 16.13% R, 12.90% BB, 22.58% K, 3.23% HR

Lynn has pitched at Dodger Stadium two times before 2013. Lynn’s career numbers at Dodger Stadium.

  • 18 IP, 16 H, 5 ER, 5 BB & 21 SO
  • BAA .229, ERA 2.50 & WHIP 1.17
  • Per 9 numbers: 8 H, 2.5 BB, 10.5 K. K/BB is 4.20
  • GRADE: 79.63% (C)
  • Rates: 22.54% H, 7.04% R & BB, 29.58% K

Lynn has pitched in Dodger Stadium this season. That game.

  • 6 IP, 2 H, BB & 9 SO
  • BAA .100 & WHIP 0.50
  • Per 9 numbers: 3 H, 1.5 BB, 13.50 K. K/BB is 9.00
  • GRADE: 97.22% (A)
  • Rates: 10%, H. 5% BB, 45% K

Lance Lynn has a pitching WAR of 1.8, which is 8.33% of Cardinals Pitching.

CARDINALS POSTSEASON REPORT CARD

ADAM WAINWRIGHT: 89.58% (B) (Division)/80.95% (B) (League Championship Series)

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)/95% (League Championship Series)

BULLPEN: 80.81% (B) (Division)/89.78% (A) (League Championship Series)

Ricky Nolasco

Ricky Nolasco will be making his Postseason debut tonight. Nolasco was in the Marlins Organization from 2006-2013. Nolasco pitched 213 games for the Marlins and had a 81-72 record, 4.44 ERA and a 1.295 WHIP. Nolasco was traded on July 6 for three Los Angeles Dodgers, one of them was in the minor leagues. Nolasco has pitched in 7 games at Dodger Stadium and has started in 6 of those games. The 2013 numbers at Dodger Stadium

  • 36.1 IP, 31 H, 13 R (10 ER), 10 BB, 30 SO & HR
  • BAA .221, ERA 2.48 & 1.13 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 7.68 H, 2.48 BB, 7.43 K, 0.25 HR. K/BB is 3.00
  • GRADE: 79.97% (C)
  • Rates: 20.53% H, 8.61% R, 6.62% BB, 19.87% K, 0.66% HR

Nolasco in his career at Dodger Stadium.

  • 47.1 IP, 51 H, 23 R (20 ER), 13 BB, 41 SO & 3 HR
  • BAA .264, ERA 3.80 & WHIP 1.35
  • Per 9 numbers: 9.7 H, 2.47 BB, 7.8 K, 0.57 HR. K/BB is 3.15.
  • GRADE: 71.36% (C)
  • Rates: 24.76% H, 11.17% R, 6.31%  BB, 19.90%, 1.46% HR

Nolasco has not faced the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. The Pitching WAR for Nolasco as a Dodger is 0.4, which is 2.45% of Dodgers Pitching.

DODGERS POSTSEASON REPORT CARD:

CLAYTON KERSHAW: 91.88% (A) (Division)/97.22% (A) (League Championship)

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

HYUN-JIN RYU: 20.37% (F) (Division)/96.83% (A) (League Championship)

BULLPEN: 71.79% (C) (Division)/84.95% (B) (League Championship)

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Which pitcher has the EDGE in tonight’s game?

  • Lance Lynn: Hits, Runs, Strikeouts and Home Runs
  • Ricky Nolasco: Walks

Ricky Nolasco is an intriguing pickup the Dodgers front office did this season, the Dodgers did acquire Hanley Ramírez from the Marlins. The trade works for Nolasco because he becomes a free agent next season. Dodgers could put a Qualifying offer at $14 million, which is the average for the Top 125 player salaries in MLB. In my opinion, that is the right amount for his recent salary, which is set at $11.5 million, could be making $14.694 million next year, if a team wants to pick up that option.

Nolasco’s 2013 numbers with the Dodgers and Marlins.

  • 199.1 IP, 195 H, 90 R (82 ER), 46 BB, 165 SO & 17 HR
  • BAA .246, ERA 3.70 & WHIP 1.21
  • Per 9 numbers: 8.8 H, 2.08 BB, 7.45 K, 0.77 HR
  • GRADE: 72.71% (C)
  • Rates: 23.38% H, 10.79% R, 5.52% BB, 19.78% K, 2.04% HR

Lynn has been a one-sided pitcher for the Cardinals, good at home, shaky on the road. Lynn’s 2013 numbers this season.

  • 201.2 IP, 189 H, 92 R (89 ER), 76 BB, 198 SO & 14 HR
  • BAA .238, ERA 3.97 & WHIP 1.31
  • Per 9 numbers: 8.43 H, 3.39 BB, 8.84 SO, 0.6 HR. K/BB is 2.61
  • Rates: 22.08% H, 10.75% R, 8.88% BB, 23.13% K, 1.64% HR

NLCS GAME 4 PREVIEW

Lynn-Nolasco

Prediction:

Lance Lynn: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2B, R, 3 BB & 8 SO

Ricky Nolasco: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 2B, HR, 3 R, 2 BB & 4 SO

Which offense bat(s) should Lynn and Nolasco be concerned for?

  • Lynn: Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Juan Uribe
  • Nolasco: Matt Holliday, Jon Jay and David Freese

PICK: Cardinals win Game 4

Dodger Stadium

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