NLDS Game 3: Dodgers (1-1) @ Cardinals (1-1)
Tonight is the swing game of this best-of-five series, perhaps even more so given that Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced last hour that he will be bringing Clayton Kershaw back on short rest to pitch Game 4. That lines Zack Greinke up as the Game 5 starter.
The Cardinals haven’t had rousing success in Game 3s before, however, as they enter this with a 5-6 mark in Game 3s inthe NLDS and a 1-4 record in that game at home. But of the four previous NLDS appearances in which the series was tied after two games, the Cardinals won three of them.
John Lackey gets the start for the Cardinals tonight after having won each of his last two DS starts (2013 and 2009). He has allowed three or fewer runs in 12 of his 16 career postseason starts. The Dodgers will counter with Hyun-Jin Ryu, who will be pitching for the first time since Sept. 12.
While Mattingly has opted to remove Dan Haren from the Game 4 start, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny does not intend to do the same with Shelby Miller. Asked this afternoon if Adam Wainwright is a possibility to come back on short rest, Matheny said Miller will remain in line to start.
First pitch tonight is at 8:07 pm CT, with the game to be shown on FOX Sports 1. For those who have been asking about a Game 4 start time, it will be set after the Nationals-Giants finish their game today.
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