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St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers: NLCS Game 5 Info


A Cardinals one win from World Series.

Certainly has been a low scoring series. With St. Louis’s 4-2 win last might, it marked the highest run total from either team in this series. After Game 4, the Cards have scored a total of eight runs, while the Los Angeles has plated seven. Strange thing is that the Dodgers are out-hitting the Cardinals in the series, .223 to .148. And the averages for RISP isn’t all tilted in the Cards favor either. St. Louis is 4-for-19 (.211) in those situations. LA is 6-for-33 (.182).

The only two home runs of the series came in last night’s action, and both from the Cards.

LA’s backs are against the wall now. Nothing to do but win. A loss and the season is over as the next Cards victory sends the Dodgers home and them to the World Series.

Start Time, Venue, TV and Radio Info

Date: Wednesday, October 16th
Start Time: 4:00 PM EST
Location: Los Angeles, California
Venue: Dodger Stadium
TV Info: TBS
Radio Info: ESPN Radio, 570 FOX Sports (LA), KMOX 1120 (STL)
Live Stream: MLB.tv or the MLB at Bat 12 App.

Tickets: Cardinals @ Dodgers from Barrystickets.com

Starting Pitchers

A re-match of Game 1 from this series. The Cardinals won that one, 3-2 in 13 innings. Needless to say, neither starter was around for the end of that one.

This game will be a battle of the nerves. Can Kelly close out the series or will Greinke step up and send it back to St. Louis?

St. Louis – The Cardinals will lean on Joe Kelly (10-5, 2.69 ERA, 1.355 WHIP) to close out the series. Kelly gave the Cards a nice effort in Game 1 (6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO). Both runs he allowed came in the game’s third inning, but he had a part as he walked two Dodgers in that inning. He almost escaped the jam, but with two outs, a Juan Uribe single drove in the only two runs LA would score.

Kelly v. Dodgers batters

Player PA AB H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
A.J. Ellis 11 11 1 0 0 0 5 .091 .091 .091 .182
Mark Ellis 11 10 1 0 0 0 0 .100 .182 .100 .282
Andre Ethier 11 11 3 1 2 0 2 .273 .273 .636 .909
Hanley Ramirez 11 8 2 0 0 2 1 .250 .455 .375 .830
Adrian Gonzalez 10 9 5 1 3 1 1 .556 .600 1.000 1.600
Carl Crawford 6 6 3 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .833 1.333
Yasiel Puig 6 5 1 0 0 1 1 .200 .333 .200 .533
Nick Punto 6 5 4 0 0 1 0 .800 .833 1.000 1.833
Juan Uribe 5 5 2 0 2 0 0 .400 .400 .400 .800
Zack Greinke 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Dee Gordon 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Clayton Kershaw 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Scott Van Slyke 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 85 78 23 2 7 5 13 .295 .353 .449 .802
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Generated 10/16/2013.

Los Angeles – The Dodgers slim postseason hopes now rest on the shoulders of Zack Greinke (15-4, 2.63 ERA, 1.114 WHIP). His effort in Game 1 (8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 SO) was above what Kelly provided the Cards, but he also permitted a pair of runs in the third. To make those matters worse, both came after he struck out the first two batters of the inning. A Kelly single (yes, a Kelly single) and a walk to Matt Carpenter brought Carlos Beltran to the plate.

Beltran drove a Greinke offering into the gap in right-center to score Kelly and Carpenter.

Greinke v. Cardinals batters

Player PA AB H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Matt Holliday 31 29 9 2 4 2 2 .310 .355 .517 .872
Jon Jay 27 25 6 0 0 1 2 .240 .269 .240 .509
Yadier Molina 27 25 9 0 3 1 2 .360 .370 .440 .810
David Freese 24 21 6 1 3 2 4 .286 .375 .476 .851
Carlos Beltran 13 10 2 0 3 2 3 .200 .333 .400 .733
Matt Carpenter 11 10 3 0 0 1 3 .300 .364 .400 .764
Daniel Descalso 11 11 2 0 1 0 2 .182 .182 .273 .455
Adam Wainwright 4 3 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Matt Adams 3 3 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Adron Chambers 3 2 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .333 .000 .333
Tony Cruz 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
Pete Kozma 3 3 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Joe Kelly 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Total 162 147 39 3 14 10 27 .265 .314 .374 .689
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Generated 10/16/2013.

Starting Lineups

Cardinals Dodgers
1. Matt Carpenter (L) 2B 1. Carl Crawford (L) LF
2. Carlos Beltran (S) RF 2. Mark Ellis (R) 2B
3. Matt Holliday (R) LF 3. Hanley Ramirez (R) SS
4. Matt Adams (L) 1B 4. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
5. Yadier Molina (R) C 5. Andre Ethier (L) CF
6. Jon Jay (L) CF 6. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
7. David Freese (R) 3B 7. Juan Uribe (R) 3B
8. Pete Kozma (R) SS 8. A.J. Ellis (R) C
9. Joe Kelly (R) P 9. Zack Greinke (R) P

The issue for today was the status of Ramirez especially after he was pulled during last night’s contest. Could say that might also have been the case with Ethier. If they’re healthy, which we know they’re not 100 percent, the Dodgers have an entirely different offensive dynamic.

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