Friday, October 11, 2013

NLCS Game 1 Preview

After an exciting first round of playoffs in which we correctly picked 3 of the 4 winners, we will be predicting every single game of the NLCS and ALCS! Check back every day for new predictions!

St. Louis Cardinals vs Los Angeles Dodgers
Game 1: Joe Kelly vs. Zack Greinke
Game 1 of the NLCS looks to be a pitchers duel from the start with former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke taking the mound for the Dodgers and 25 year old Joe Kelly, who had a stellar 2.69 ERA this season, taking the mound for the Cardinals. Greinke pitched well in his start for the Dodgers in the NLDS letting up 2 ER over 6 innings pitched, striking out 3 in the process. Greinke ended up taking the loss as the Dodgers offense was shut down by opposing starter Mike Minor. It was the only game in the series that the Dodgers struggled offensively as they put up 26 runs in just 4 games. Rookie Yasiel Puig was a big contributor in the series, racking up 8 hits in 4 games and Hanley Ramirez continued his hot streak, batting .500 with a HR. It's worth noting that Greinke only threw 83 pitches in his start and has had 6 days of rest so he will look to come out strong Friday night. Joe Kelly was inefficient in his start in the NLDS series vs. the Pirates giving up 3 runs and walking 4 batters in just 5.1 innings pitched. He was not charged with a loss but the Cardinals did end up losing the game 5-2. The Cardinals offense struggled during the NLDS, only scoring 21 runs in 5 games against a Pirates rotation that certainly isn't as strong as the Dodgers. Notoriously clutch postseason hitter Carlos Beltran was one of the only batters who performed for the Cardinals in the NLDS, hitting 2 home runs with 6 RBI's. Yadier Molina had a .400 OBP in the series as well.  The Cardinals will go as far as their pitching takes them this postseason.
Prediction: Dodgers get to Kelly early and don't look back.  7-3 win for the Blue Crew.

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