Date/Time: October 18th, 8:30 PM ET
Probable Starters: Kershaw (Los Angeles) vs. Wacha (St. Louis)
Moneyline: Los Angeles -132
Runs have been tough to come by for the whole NLCS, but in Game 6 of the series on Saturday night in the Gateway to the West, we have a whole new meaning. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals have the first 5.5 for a ‘total’ that we have seen for the entire postseason.
It’s understandable for sure to see why the ‘total’ in this game is so darn low. LHP Clayton Kershaw has literally been untouchable over the course of the whole postseason. In his three starts, one of which came on three days of rest against the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS, Kershaw has a 0.47 ERA and a 0.68 WHIP. He has allowed just a total of seven hits in 19 innings of work, and he has only surrendered the lone earned run in Game 1 against Atlanta. On top of that, the southpaw has 23 strikeouts, which gives him 255 whiffs this year in 255 innings of work. There has to be a real concern about innings pitched for Kershaw this year, and he didn’t have his best stuff whatsoever in his last start, only lasting six frames. That’s not good enough in this one. Kershaw is going until he drops, and we don’t expect to see anyone in the bullpen set to relieve him for at least seven innings.
Though it seems like the edge here should be going to the Dodgers, perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to jump to that assumption. Manager Mike Matheny has an ace in the making in RHP Michael Wacha. The question: Has Wacha just had three awesome starts in a row, or can he really take this team on his back to the World Series? Wacha has been more nuts than Fozzie Bear sounds when he makes that stupid noise with his namesake. The righty has allowed one run in his last three outings, spanning 22.2 innings, and he has allowed just seven hits and five walks with 26 strikeouts. The one run? A solo homer against the Pittsburgh Pirates on the road in a do or die Game 4. That was the only hit that Pittsburgh managed the entire game. Parlay in there all the clutch bats that we have seen over the years in these spots for the Cards, and their fans have to think that they are going to be able to celebrate a spot in the Fall Classic when this night is said and done with.
This has been a much better series than most would imagine. We expect another great pitching performance out of both of these men, but we have to give the nod to the man who is going to win the Cy Young Award this year. Kershaw will go the distance and pitch his team into a Game 7 on Saturday, where the Dodgers will have as real of a chance as any team to get to the World Series.
Los Angeles Dodgers @ St. Louis Cardinals Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -132
is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.