It has been an NLCS to forget for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
After a 13-inning battle with the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1, the Dodgers were unable to score a run in Saturday’s Game 2 affair as they must now climb out of an 0-2 hole. Los Angeles has a potent pitching staff with two Cy Young candidates, so why exactly do the Dodgers have their backs against the wall?
In a word: hitting.
The Dodgers’ high-priced bats have not come to play in this series and Yasiel Puig has been downright awful against Cardinals pitching. Puig was historically bad in Game 2 as the young slugger had four strikeouts and also left four runners on base; if two of those runners score, then the Dodgers head back to Los Angeles with the NLCS tied at one.
Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Hanley Ramirez must all show their worth in Game 3, or the Cardinals are going to have a cake-walk to the 2013 World Series. Hopefully Ramirez can return to this series and provide some sort of spark as he was scratched in Game 2 with sore ribs.