The Pitching Matchup: John Lackey (0-0, -.– ERA) has a career 6-5 record and 3.03 ERA in the postseason. Lackey, with more postseason experience than most, won a World Series in 2002 with the Angels, then again last year with the Red Sox. Lackey only has one win since August 25, but he had quality starts in his last two outings of the season. We hope that Lackey can use this momentum and his veteran presence to help the Cardinals come out on top.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-0, -.– ERA) appeared in his first postseason last year. He blanked the Redbirds in seven innings of 3-hit ball in the Championship series last year. Due to a shoulder inflammation, Ryu has not pitched since his outing on September 12, in which he gave up four earned runs and left after the first inning.
The Skinny: I say the Cardinals have the advantage on the mound for game 3. Lackey has decent momentum heading into this series and also has a history of performing in the postseason, so we know he can play under the pressure. On the other hand, Ryu not only has just 2 career playoff outings, but he has not pitched in a Major League game for over a month.