Cardinals up 2-0, but can’t let Dodgers back in it as series shifts to Los Angeles

The Cardinals have only scored four runs in the first two games of this NLCS as this series heads into Los Angeles for a possible three more games.

The St. Louis offense was dominated by Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, yet the Cardinals are somehow up 2-0 in this series. The Cardinals four runs in this series were scored by all three RBIs in Game 1 in 13 innings by Carlos Beltran and a lone sac fly by David Freese in the Bottom of the 5th in Game 2.

With Adam Wainwright taking the hill in Game 3 tonight, the Cardinals seem to be in perfect position to take a commanding 3-0 series lead as the Dodgers will turn to Hyun-Jin Ryu. Wainwright, coming off his complete game 6-1 victory in Game 5 of the NLDS over the Pirates is now 4-0 in six start (15 games in his postseason career.

Hyun-Jin Ryu will take the hill for the Dodgers coming off a no-decision in Game 3 of the NLDS, giving up four runs in only three innings pitched against the Braves. The rookie had a tremendous regular season going 14-8 with a 3.00 ERA. Back on August 8th, Ryu shutdown the Cardinals not giving up an earned run (one run) on five hits and seven strikeouts in seven innings.

The Dodgers are banged up heading into this game with Hanley Ramirez (ribs) and Andre Ethier (questionable) for tonight. Ramirez had a CT scan yesterday but there has been no other information revealed. Ramirez was a late scratch in Saturday’s Game 2 lineup with a bruised rib.

Looking ahead to Game 4 with either a 3-0 or 2-1 series lead for St. Louis, the Dodgers will turn to Ricky Nolasco while the Lance Lynn takes the hill for the Cardinals. Lynn struggled in his last postseason start in NLDS Game 2, giving up five runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings pitched.

Tonight is a must win game for the Dodgers, meanwhile St. Louis can put Los Angeles in a 3-0 hole with a win tonight. 

The Cardinals will be one more win away from their second World Series trip in the last three years. This is the first time since the 2006 NLDS against the Padres that the Cardinals have had a 2-0 lead in a postseason series.

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