NLCS 2013: Los Angeles Dodgers’ Lineup Can Carry Team Past St. Louis Cardinals

Carl Crawford

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In the NLDS, the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ lineup put up better stats than the St. Louis Cardinals‘ lineup did. Although they were playing different teams, it’s a sign of things to come in the NLCS. Six everyday starters for the Dodgers batted .333 or better while only three were capable of doing it for the Cardinals.

St. Louis holds the edge at catcher. Even though A.J. Ellis did well for the Dodgers in the NLDS, Yadier Molina didn’t do to bad himself and is the better player of the two. Adrian Gonzalez is hands down better than Matt Adams. Adams has some pop in his bat, but he’s nowhere near as good as Adrian is. Regular season sensation Matt Carpenter has done absolutely nothing thus far for the Cardinals, but Mark Ellis hasn’t been that good either. However, he has outplayed Carpenter to this point. Will that continue in the NLCS? Only time will tell. David Freese is normally solid in the postseason, but he struggled in the NLDS. Juan Uribe on the other hand single-handily hit the Dodgers into the NLCS. Heading into this series, Uribe has the edge. Pete Kozma hit a very solid .400 for the Cardinals, but that wasn’t nearly as good as Hanley Ramirez batting .500 while hitting one home run and batting in six runners.

This is starting to sound like a broken record, but once again a player for the Dodgers outplayed a Cardinals player. This time it is in left field. Matt Holliday was solid with a .300 batting average and one home run with two RBI, but Carl Crawford was more than just solid, he was in fantastic! Three home runs, five RBI and .353 batting average is exactly what Crawford managed in the NLCS. Two of those home runs came in the deciding Game 4 against the Atlanta Braves. Even former Cardinal himself, Skip Schumaker outplayed current Cardinal Jon JayCarlos Beltran has crazy postseason stats and he continued that so far by hitting two home runs and driving in six, but he did it while having a terrible .222 batting average. Yasiel Puig on the other hand managed to double Beltran’s hits and although he doesn’t have any home runs and only two RBI, his .471 batting average is a big reason why the Dodgers are where they are now.

With all that said, it appears as though the Dodgers have a far more dominant group of hitters than the Cardinals do. St. Louis has talent and they’ll likely keep the series close, but in the end, Dodgers’ hitting will once again help carry the team.

Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @PidgeonIsGod, or add him to your network on Google

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