The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals have possessed two of the best pitching staffs in baseball this season. The two teams prepare to face off in a best-of-seven postseason series.
Los Angeles is listed in the MLB odds as a -138 favorite to advance to the 2013 World Series, as it advanced to this stage by eliminating the Atlanta Braves in four games in its National League Division Series.
The Dodgers will be led by the starting pitching tandem of Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, while the entire staff compiled a 3.25 ERA during the regular season, which was the second-best mark in baseball.
MLB handicappers will find that the Dodgers won four of seven regular-season meetings against the Cardinals—outscoring them by a 30-27 margin.
St. Louis was pushed to the brink against division rival Pittsburgh, but ultimately earned this spot by picking up a 6-1 home victory Wednesday night. Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright picked up two victories in that best-of-five series, which will likely place him in Game 3 and Game 7.
It's important to point out that this storied franchise often plays its best baseball when facing elimination—something that sports bettors can't forget as this series moves along.
Kershaw has been the most dominating starting pitcher in baseball this season, but the Cardinals are one of just two teams that he has a losing record against.
St. Louis outfielder Carlos Beltran has been known to rise to the occasion under the bright lights of the playoffs—something he'll be hard pressed to do in this spot due, to a .206 batting average in 29 combined at-bats versus Greinke and Kershaw.
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