Game 1, with the baseball’s 2 best starting pitchers facing each other, was supposed to be a low-scoring pitcher’s duel. Instead, both teams’ offenses exploded, showing how unpredictable things can be in the playoffs. In the end the Cardinals clawed themselves to a 10-9 victory in the slugfest.
The Pitching Matchup: Lance Lynn (0-0, -.– ERA) has shown this season that he has the potential to be an ace. With a 15-10 record and 2.74 ERA, he has shown that the Cardinals’ rotation is more than just Adam Wainwright. Lynn was a rookie with the 2011 Cardinals World Series team and has 21 career postseason appearances and a 4.81 postseason ERA, yet this will be the first time starting a postseason game.
Sometimes, we forget how amazing Zack Greinke is (0-0, -.– ERA), simply because he plays on the same team as Clayton Kershaw. Greinke has a Cy Young Award too, you know. He anchored the Dodgers’ rotation for the first month of the season, when Kershaw was out, and won 8 of his first 9 decisions. In the regular season, Greinke had 17 wins and a 2.71 ERA. He has a 4.30 ERA in the postseason.
The Skinny: Neither starting pitcher has a stellar body of work in the month of October. Normally, I would predict this to be another low-scoring pitching duel, given the starters’ performances during the regular season; however, after watching game 1, all bets are off.