NLCS Game 6 (St. Louis v Los Angeles Dodgers)

Dodgers-Cardinals

If you’re the Los Angeles Dodgers, you have no choice but to explode. Exploding is what the Dodgers decide to do to keep their 2013 campaign alive. The Dodgers showed a lot of power, with home runs. Besides the power, they got 2 out RBIs and was 2-4 with RISP. The LOB for LA was 2, so they made sure there baserunners weren’t being left behind. The player of the Game goes to Adrian Gonzalez, two home runs in the 3rd and 8th innings provided a cushion for Zack Greinke and Greinke himself helped his own cause with a 2 out RBI. Overall, the Dodgers aren’t done fighting.

As for the Cardinals, they rallied to late. Joe Kelly did not have his stuff at Dodger Stadium. As pointed in the Game 5 preview, Greinke would be dominant at home and Kelly couldn’t match his numbers. The Cardinals pitching staff is now pressured to clinch at home, and Michael Wacha is going to have a ball in his hands on Friday night.

Looking back at Game 5 starters.

Joe Kelly

Kelly has played at Dodger Stadium this season. That game.

  • 3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 SO & HR
  • BAA .357, ERA 6.00 & 2.00 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 15 H, 3 BB, 18 K, 3 HR. K/BB is 6
  • GRADE: 55.56% (F)
  • Rates: 31.25% H, 12.50% R, 6.25% BB, 37.50% K, 6.25% HR

Kelly on Wednesday.

  • 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 SO & 2 HR
  • BAA .318, ERA 7.20 & 1.40 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 12.6 H, 5.4 K, 3.6 HR.
  • GRADE: 52.22% (F)
  • Rates: 33.33% H, 19.05% R, 14.29% K, 9.52% HR

CARDINALS POSTSEASON REPORT CARD

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

LANCE LYNN: 29.49% (F) (Division)/78.03% (C) (League Championship Series)

JOE KELLY: 71.88% (C) (Division)/65.15% (D) (League Championship Series)

MICHAEL WACHA: 90.91% (A) (Division)/95% (A) (League Championship Series)

BULLPEN: 80.81% (B) (Division)/86.60% (B) (League Championship Series)

 Zack Greinke

Greinke did not face the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium in the 2013 regular season. The 2013 numbers at Dodger Stadium.

Grienke has appeared at Dodger Stadium 14 times this season. The 2013 numbers.

  • 93.2 IP, 69 H, 24 R (22 ER), 16 BB, 84 SO & 8 HR
  • BAA .197, ERA 2.11 & WHIP 0.91
  • Per 9 numbers: 6.63 H, 1.54 BB, 8.07 K, 0.77 HR. K/BB is 5.25.
  • GRADE: 83.21% (B)
  • Rates: 19.22% H, 6.69% R, 4.46% BB, 23.40% K, 2.23% HR

Greinke on Wednesday.

  • 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB & 4 SO
  • BAA .222, ERA 2.57 & 1.00 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 7.71 H, 1.29 BB, 5.14 K. K/BB is 4.00.
  • GRADE: 80.16% (B)
  • Rates: 23.08% H, 7.69% R, 3.85% BB, 15.38% K

DODGERS POSTSEASON REPORT CARD:

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

ZACK GREINKE: 79.63% (C) (Division)/82.22 % (B) (League Championship)

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

RICKY NOLASCO: 56.94% (F) (League Championship)

BULLPEN: 71.79% (C) (Division)/85.83% (B) (League Championship)

Clayton KershawCan Clayton Kershaw redeem himself against Michael Wacha? He did have a good pitching game in Game 2. Those Game 2 numbers.

  • 6 IP, 2 H, R, BB & 5 SO
  • BAA .100 & WHIP 0.50
  • Per 9 numbers: 3 H, 1.50 BB, 7.50 K. K/BB is 5.
  • GRADE: 97.22% (A)
  • Rates: 10% H, 5% R & BB, 25% K

Kershaw’s 2013 Postseason numbers.

  • 19 IP, 8 H, 4 (ER), 5 BB & 23 SO
  • BAA .123, ERA 0.47 & WHIP 0.68
  • Per 9 numbers: 3.79 H, 2.37 BB, 10.89 K. K/BB is 4.60
  • GRADE: 93.57% (A)
  • Rates: 11.43% H, 5.71% R, 7.14% BB, 32.86% 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

Michael Wacha

Michael Wacha has been giving the duties to close out the NLCS. Can he do his Game 2 performance again? Those Game 2 numbers.

  • 6.2 IP, 5 H, BB & 8 SO
  • BAA .200 & 0.90 WHIP
  • Per 9 numbers: 6.75 H, 1.35 BB, 10.80 K. K/BB is 8.00
  • GRADE: 95% (A)
  • Rates: 19.23% H, 3.85% BB, 30.77% K

Wacha’s 2013 Postseason numbers.

  • 14 IP, 6 H, ER, 3 BB, 17 SO & HR
  • BAA .125, ERA & WHIP 0.64
  • GRADE: 92.86% (A)
  • Rates: 11.76% H, 1.96% R & HR, 5.88% BB, 33.33% K

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Which pitcher has the EDGE in tonight;s game?

  • Clayton Kershaw: Hits, Home Runs
  • Michael Wacha: 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

NLCS GAME 6 PREVIEW

Kershaw-Wacha

Prediction:

Clayton Kershaw: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 2B, 2 R, 3 BB & 5 SO

Michael Wacha: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2B, BB & 9 SO

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

  • Kershaw: Matt Holliday and Pete Kozma
  • Wacha: Carl Crawford, Mark Ellis, AJ Ellis, Nick Punto and Clayton Kershaw

PICK: Game 7, Cardinals bullpen will have to use caution with Dodgers hitting.

Busch Stadium

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