8:30 PM ET, October 18, 2013
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Los Angeles: Kershaw (0-1, 0.00 ERA)
St. Louis: Wacha (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
The last four starts for St. Louis Cardinals Michael Wacha have impressed many online sports betting fans.
Tonight the Cards need one more just like that from the young 22 year-old in order for the team to get to the World Series for the second time in three years.
Wacha outpitched NL Cy Young front-runner Clayton Kershaw in Game 2 and St. Louis won 1-0 on an unearned run to take a 2-0 series lead. The Cardinals matched again in Game 6 tonight as well as the pitches who’d be at the top of anyone’s list to work a must-win.
This time, St. Louis lead the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2.
Los Angeles brought the series back to St. Louis by muscling up on offense, with Adrian Gonzalez hitting two of their four homers in a 6-4 Game 5 win Wednesday.
YouWager experts consider runs will be hard to produce tonight even when pitchers won’t have shadows as an ally with a 7:37 p.m. CDT start. Game 2 had a late afternoon start with shadows creeping across Busch Stadium especially in the early innings and lights not being helpful at all, in addition there was fatigue from the Cardinals’ 13-inning win to open the series.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was hopeful both Hanley Ramirez (ribs) and Andre Ethier (ankle) would benefit from a travel day Thursday and be in the lineup.
St. Louis didn’t work out either, taking a bit of a mental break.
Kershaw is the major league ERA leader three years running and worked Los Angeles’ division clincher versus the Atlanta Braves on three days’ rest. The 25 year-old gave up just two hits in six innings of Game 1 and was ready to go long before Los Angeles’ bats came alive.
The left-hander has a career 1-2 postseason record despite an impressive 2.88 postseason ERA.
Wacha is 2-0 with a very small 0.64 ERA in the postseason, allowing just six hits in 14 innings with 17 strikeouts. Counting his last start of the regular MLB season, when he was one out shy of a no-hitter, make it 3-0 with an 0.42 ERA.