The Cardinals have to take advantage of their home field against the Dodgers


The Cardinals did what they had to do and won a game at Dodger Stadium to get home field advantage, but that effort would be useless if they can’t win Games 3 and 4 at Busch Stadium. St. Louis showed resilience in the series opener, mounting a furious comeback against Clayton Kershaw to win 10-9 and they also came from behind and tied Game 2 but Matt Kemp led off the eighth inning with a home run to give the Dodgers a 3-2 win. Zach Greinke came through for the Dodgers, giving up just two hits over seven scoreless innings.

Matt Carpenter hit a solo home run and a three-run double in the opener and hit the tying two-run blast in Game 2, so Dodgers Game 3 starter Hyun-Jin Ryu has to be very careful with him.

The Cardinals will give the ball to John Lackey, and he also has to be careful with some of his opponents, like Matt Kemp, who is 5-for-9 over the first two games and A.J. Ellis, who has recorded five hits in eight at-bats (4-for-5 in Game 1) with a home run, two RBIs and four runs scored.

St. Louis won all three home games against Los Angeles in last year’s National League Championship Series.

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Pitching Matchup:

Hyun-Jin Ryu (14-7, 3.38 ERA) vs. John Lackey (14-10, 3.82 ERA)

This will be Hyun-Jin Ryu’s first start since September 12, when he gave up four runs and five hits in one inning before exiting with shoulder inflammation. He lost two of his last three decisions but he allowed more than three runs only once in his last nine starts.

Ryu is 1-1 in two career regular season starts against the Cardinals, losing at St. Louis on June 27, but he allowed just three hits over seven scoreless innings to win Game 3 of last year’s National League Championship Series.

John Lackey lost his last start of the regular season against the Cubs, giving up just two runs over 6 2/3 innings on September 24. Lackey went 3-3 with a 4.30 ERA in 10 starts after being acquired from the Red Sox and he gave up fewer than three earned runs in seven of his last eight turns.

He is 5-3 with a 1.93 ERA against the Dodgers and 6-5 with a 3.03 ERA in 19 career postseason games, including three relief appearances.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

National League Division Series Game 3

9:07 PM ET, October 6

Busch Stadium

Coverage: FS1

65° F/ 18° C
Partly Cloudy

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