NLDS Game 1: Cardinals (0-0) @ Dodgers (0-0)
Looking to optimize their chances against Clayton Kershaw, the Cardinals have added some right-handed bats into the lineup, most notably Pete Kozma (second base) and Randal Grichuk (right field). Manager Mike Matheny opted not to also start Peter Bourjos, instead sticking with Jon Jay in center. Kozma is 4-for-8 with three doubles in his career against Kershaw. Kolten Wong is expected back in the lineup against Zack Greinke in Game 2.
If you’re looking for some pregame reading material, there is plenty on MLB.com — including a look at the Cardinals’ (relative) success against Kershaw, Adam Wainwright’s readiness for this big-stage start, how the Cardinals came to their final roster decisions, and a look at how Pete Kozma went from Triple-A castoff to an October participant yet again.
The Cardinals are playing in their 12th NLDS and have won nine of the previous 11. The only exceptions came in 2001 (vs. Arizona) and 2009 (vs. Los Angeles). The Cardinals have swept their NLDS opponent four times. The team is 14-8 in NLDS road games, compared to 15-6 at home.
First pitch today is at 5:37 pm CT, with Fox Sports 1 televising the game.
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