The Cardinals would be well served to win the first game of their set with the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
The first game match-up is the most favorable for St. Louis because of the carnage that's left the Redbirds without two of their starting pitchers.
In the opener Lance Lynn, tied for third in the National League with six wins, will take on journeyman starter Chris Capuano who is 1-2 with a 4.84 ERA. It sounds like an easy win, especially since Capuano has been terrible at Dodger Stadium where he gives up eight runs for every nine innings pitched.
But Capuano is a mediocre lefty. And, for whatever reason, that is poison for the Cardinals hitters. In his career against the Birds Capuano is 5-6 with a 5.83 ERA. Lynn is 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA in two career starts against LA.
Ted Lilly (0-1, 5.63) hasn't impressed so far this year. But he's 7-3 with a 2.66 ERA over his career against St. Louis. He'll face rookie John Gast who is 2-0. But Gast has averaged only 5 2/3 innings per start. And we all know what happens when opponents get into the Cardinals bullpen early.
In game three, an actual accomplished lefty is going to be a big time problem for the Redbirds batsmen. Clayton Kershaw (5-3, 1.74) is 4-3 with a 3.67 ERA in his career against St. Louis. He'll face rookie Shelby Miller (5-3, 1.74).