The National League Championship Series is set to start and should be a classic that might even go down to the seventh game. Both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals have great pitching and good offenses. So, why is it that the first two games look so easy for the Dodgers? It is because the Cardinals were taken to the edge of elimination by the Pittsburgh Pirates and do not have their rotation set up the way they would like it to be.
That will lead to mismatched pitching assignments for game one and two that both will lean heavily in the Dodgers favor. Game one shapes up to be Zach Greinke against Joe Kelly. Nothing against Kelly but he is really going to have to step up if he is going to outmatch Greinke in a huge game one like this. Clearly they would rather have Adam Wainwright in this spot but they needed him to win the NLDS.
Game two will see the extremely impressive Michael Wacha pitching for the Cardinals. He has proven time and again how good he can be. The only problem he will have in game two is that Clayton Kershaw, resident best pitcher on Earth, will be toeing the rubber for the Dodgers. It should be noted that Kershaw had a 0 – 2 record with a 4.15 ERA against the Cardinals.
That is the highest ERA he had against a team this season and it could come into play. Then again, he has stepped up his game at the right time. Basically there is no reason that the Dodgers should not have a 2 – 0 series lead before they even see Wainwright in game three. They can give him a win and go on to complete the series win fairly easily if they play their cards right and the offense stays hot.