8:00 PM ET, October 14, 2013
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
St. Louis: Wainwright (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Los Angeles: Ryu (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ offense is having a hard time, and they might have to face the St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright without their top hitter in Game 3 of the NL championship series, shortstop Hanley Ramirez.
The 29 year-old Ramirez had a CT scan on his painful left ribs Sunday, and YouWager experts are still unsure about the result. Apparently, the player got hit by a pitch from Joe Kelly in the opener but stayed in to play all 13 innings of a 3-2 defeat Friday.
Ramirez had a .638 slugging percentage during the regular MLB season, and Los Angeles really need an offensive boost to get back into the best-of-seven series. The Dodgers batted .184 in the first two games away from home, including 1 for 16 (.063) with runners in scoring position.
Los Angeles outfielder Andre Ethier didn’t start Saturday, but he appeared as a pinch-hitter and ended the game with a strikeout. The 31 year-old player has been bothered by shin splints, even when he made his first start since Sept. 13 in the series opener.
The L.A. team’s lack of offense and injuries to key players recalls the early season version of themselves, when they were mired in the NL West cellar and were 12 games under .500. Then Yasiel Puig arrived in early June and sparked their revival.
Los Angeles couldn’t impress online sports betting fans on outstanding outings by Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw away from home and now must rely on rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu, who stumbled against the Atlanta Braves in his playoff debut in the division series. The left-hander allowed four runs and six hits in three innings, and made two major mistakes in the field.
Starting for the Cards will be Wainwright who last pitched versus the Dodgers in the postseason in the 2009 NL division series, allowing one earned run in eight innings of a no-decision. The 32 year-old start left leading 2-1 before Los Angeles scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to win.
L.A. has been down before in best-of-seven postseason series and come back. Three times they’ve trailed 2-0 in the World Series, most recently versus the New York Yankees in 1981, and rallied to win titles each time.