Many people viewed game two of the NLCS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals a must-win for the Dodgers because of the situation developing now in game three of the series. Dodgers rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu is going to get the ball and look across to his mound opponent and see Adam Wainwright there. The Cardinals’ rotation was off because of the way they ended the NLDS against the Pittsburgh Pirates so now they have a two games to none lead with their ace going in game three. Ryu couldn’t be facing a more desperate challenge.
Even for those who did not see game two as a must-win, the fact that they lost that game certainly makes Ryu’s start in game three a must-win. Wainwright is going to be in pretty good shape even if he has an off day. You figure if he is rusty for some reason, he might give up two or three. That would not matter if Ryu does what he did against the Atlanta Braves in game three of the NLDS however. He gave up a couple in the first inning before his offense exploded throughout the rest of the game.
That explosion is not going to happen in game three of this series. Wainwright won’t fall apart and if he for some reason did, it wouldn’t get that far out of hand before Mike Matheny went to get him because that would only happen if something were wrong with the ace. Ryu and the Dodgers have one chance to have a chance in this game.
He must go out there and shut this Cardinals offense down from the start of the game. One or two runs could sneak across on Wainwright, that is certainly possible even on a great day. Ryu must be lights-out for the boys in blue or this series will likely be over before it gets back to St. Louis.