Despite receiving a gem of a pitching performance from Adam Wainwright, the Cards offense was stagnate in a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Josh Beckett and the Dodgers last night. Today, the Cards will look to earn their first win of this four-game road series when Carlos Martinez (1-3, 4.33 ERA) takes the mound against Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-3, 3.06 ERA).
Pitching Matchup: Cards fans may best remember Ryu from his memorable pitching performance against the Cardinals in game 3 of last season’s NLCS. The Cards entered with a 2-0 series lead, but Ryu outdueled Wainwright and shutout the Cardinals. The Cards are hoping for a different outcome this time around, but they may be out of luck. Ryu lasted six innings and allowed just one run against the Padres in his last start, and he is 6-1 in his last seven starts. Nonetheless, the lefty pitcher is actually tougher against right-handed hitters (.235 batting average) compared to left (.300), which leaves the door open for a possible huge game from Matt Adams.
Carlos Martinez is making his third start of the season for the Cards. In his first start, he pitched four innings and didn’t allow an earned run, but his last start against the Phillies was one to forget as he conceded three runs in five innings of work. Martinez struggles against left-handed hitters (.284 batting average against him), which favors Andre Ethier and Adrian Gonzalez.
The Skinny: Expect a much higher scoring game than last night’s game, but unless the Cardinals lineup can get back on track and solve Ryu, it could unfortunately be another Dodgers win.