NLDS Game One: Pirates vs. Cardinals & Dodgers vs. Braves

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The Pirates visit St. Louis in the early game, followed by Clayton Kershaw and crew heading to Atlanta.

In the first NLDS game of the evening, the Pirates meet the Cardinals in St. Louis with two pitchers familiar with the postseason on the mound. The Cardinals have made the postseason in four out of the last five years while the Pirates are making their first October appearance in more than a decade. Pittsburgh, of course, had to go through the Cincinnati Reds in the Wild Card Game before earning the right to take on St. Louis.

In 19 games against the Cardinals this season, the Pirates offense has clubbed 19 homers. Russell Martin and Marlon Byrd have already gone deep this postseason and will be looking to add to their power totals against St. Louis this year. Wainwright, however, managed to keep the Bucs in check in his three starts against them this year, pitching to a 3.00 ERA with seven innings pitched in each outing.

The game will be televised on TBS and Postseason.tv starting at 5:00 pm.


A.J. Burnett

#34 / Pittsburgh Pirates

6-4

230

Jan 03, 1977



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - A.J. Burnett 10-11 30 30 1 0 0 0 191.0 165 79 70 11 67 209 3.30 1.21


Adam Wainwright

#50 / Pitcher / St. Louis Cardinals

6-7

230

R

R

Aug 30, 1981



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Adam Wainwright 19-9 35 34 5 2 0 0 241.2 223 83 79 15 35 219 2.94 1.07


Lineup

PITTSBURGH PIRATES ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Starling Marte - LF Matt Carpenter - 2B
Neil Walker - 2B Carlos Beltran - RF
Andrew McCutchen - CF Matt Holliday - LF
Justin Morneau - 1B Matt Adams - 1B
Marlon Byrd - RF Yadier Molina - C
Pedro Alvarez - 3B Jon Jay - CF
Russell Martin - C David Freese - 3B
Clint Barmes - SS Daniel Descalso - SS
A.J. Burnett - P Adam Wainwright - P

In May of this year it looked like Donnie Baseball's job might be on the line, then Yasiel Puig happened. The Dodgers find themselves in the playoffs after a thrilling run that helped them overcome a losing September record. Clayton Kershaw has been the best pitcher in baseball once again, pitching to a ridiculous 1.83 ERA in 33 starts. Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier are banged up but Kershaw's pitching can make none of that matter.

The Braves cruised through the non-competitive NL East to secure home field advantage. Playing at Turner Field this season the Braves have gone 56-25, the best home record in the majors. Atlanta won the season series with Los Angeles 5-2.

The game will begin at 8:30 pm and be televised on TBS and Postseason.tv.


Clayton Kershaw

#22 / Pitcher / Los Angeles Dodgers

6-3

215

L

L

Mar 19, 1988



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Clayton Kershaw 16-9 35 33 3 2 0 0 236.0 164 55 48 11 52 232 1.83 .92


Kris Medlen

#54 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

5-10

190

B

R

Oct 07, 1985



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Kris Medlen 15-12 32 31 0 0 0 0 197.0 194 77 68 18 47 157 3.11 1.22


Lineup

LOS ANGELES DODGERS ATLANTA BRAVES
Carl Crawford - LF Jason Heyward - CF
Mark Ellis - 2B Justin Upton - RF
Hanley Ramirez - SS Freddie Freeman - 1B
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B Evan Gattis - LF
Yasiel Puig - RF Brian McCann - C
Juan Uribe - 3B Chris Johnson - 3B
Skip Schumaker - CF Andrelton Simmons - SS
A.J. Ellis - C Elliot Johnson - 2B
Clayton Kershaw - P Kris Medlen - P

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