Cardinals have had success against Dodgers pitching

Posted by Scott Wuerz on October 10, 2013 

The Dodgers have the highest-priced roster in baseball and impressive pitching rotation led by a former Cy Young Award Winner and the pitcher most likely to be bestowed with the honor this year. 

But that doesn't mean the Cardinals can't beat them.

The Redbirds have a surprisingly strong record against former Royals and Brewers ace Zack Greinke and the young Los Angeles lefty Clayton Kershaw. The pair will likely start games one and two of the National League Championship Series and face the Cardinals hitters a second time if the series goes deep.

In the 2011 NLCS the Redbirds roughed up Greinke to the tune of a 6.17 ERA with 15 hits allowed in 11 2/3 innings on their way to an 11th World Series championship.

The Birds have never faced Kershaw in the post season. But during the regular season schedule, they've been successful against him more often than not.

Kershaw has a 4-5 record with a 3.75 ERA against St. Louis. At Busch Stadium, where the first two games of the NLCS will be played, he's 2-3 with a 3.65 ERA. That's remarkable because the Cardinals in recent season have had serious problems dealing with lefty pitchers.

Dodgers rookie southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu is 1-0, winning his only appearance against St. Louis this year. He allowed one run on five hits over seven innings.

Over the course of his career Ricky Nolasco is 3-4 with a 3.84 ERA against the Redbirds.

While the Birds had all kinds of trouble with Pirates southpaw Francisco Liriano, they ought to be able to be competitive against the Dodgers rotation. 

The Dodgers biggest problem against Cardinals pitchers might be that the don't have a great idea of what to expect. 

Adam Wainwright, who is 4-4 with a 3.10 ERA against Los Angeles, is the only Cardinals starter with a significant amount of playing time against LA. He's 1-2 with a 5.16 ERA at Dodgers Stadium where he would likely start game three for St. Louis. 

Joe Kelly is 1-0 against the Dodgers with a 3.24 ERA. He threw 8 1/3 innings in his lone appearance to get the win.

Lance Lynn, Michael Wacha and Shelby Miller have never pitched against the Dodgers.

 

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