The MLB playoffs 2013 live stream and televised schedule for the NLCS matchup continues on Saturday, as the Dodgers look to bounce back from a tough extra innings loss in St. Louis. Friday night's game could have left both rosters a bit worn down for the next game, which will feature former Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw on the mound for Los Angeles. The Dodgers vs. Cardinals game will be presented on TV via TBS and online via the MLB website's services.
An MLB.com article from Oct. 12 indicates that Carlos Beltran's RBI single in the 13th inning Friday night was the deciding factor in a 2-2 deadlocked tie. That hit off Dodgers' closer Kelly Jansen sealed a victory for the home team Cardinals 3-2, giving them a 1-0 advantage in this best-of-seven series. Some say that it was manager Don Mattingly's late game moves, including bringing a pinch-runner in for Adrian Gonzalez, that cost Los Angeles the game.
Mattingly said of the decisions he made in the game:
"You've got to shoot your bullet when you get a chance. If we don't use him there and the next guy hits a ball in the gap and he doesn't score and we don't score there, we're going to say, 'Why didn't you use Dee?' So it was our opportunity to run him. Obviously, Yasiel swung early and it didn't work out for us. But it's still a situation that I don't think we would -- you get a guy in that inning and you have to take a shot at scoring a run."
Mattingly was referring to his decision to substitute Dee Gordon for Adriana Gonzalez, after Gonzalez had a leadoff walk in the top of the 8th inning. However, Gordon didn't attempt to steal and was forced out on a Yasiel Puig grounder. Later on, Gonzalez's replacement, Michael Young, would hit into double plays both time he batted with runners in scoring position. One would have to wonder what Gonzalez might have done in those spots, after racking up 100 RBI's in the 2013 season.
So now, the Dodgers will move on to Game 2 behind ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw won the 2011 Cy Young Award while on the Dodgers, and will bring his league-leading WHIP of 0.92 and his 1.83 ERA to the mound as he attempts to keep the Cardinals' batters at bay. Of note, he lost two games he pitched against the Cardinals this season.
According to MLB.com, Kershaw said when asked if he would pitch on three days rest, that he has no problem with manager Don Mattingly's decision there. Kershaw told reporters, "If he wants me pitching relief, I'll do whatever." He added that he most likely wouldn't need to pitch Game 5 because Greinke would be available for that spot. When asked about facing a tough lineup with the Cardinals, he gave plenty of praise saying, "They don't hit [alot of] homers, they just get big hits. I guess that's the challenge they pose."
On the other side will be a younger pitcher in the form of Michael Wacha for the Cardinals. Wacha started in just 15 games this past season, going 4-1 overall with a 2.78 ERA and 65 strikeouts. Meanwhile, Kershaw pitched 33 games as a starter, going 16-9 with his 232 strikeouts. His 1.83 ERA was the lowest for a starter since Pedro Martinez back in 2000. Will Kershaw be able to limit the St. Louis bats, or will Wacha make some postseason headlines in his early career?
Odds makers are giving today's edge to the Dodgers with lines of about -140 at many books behind the pitching experience of Kershaw. The home team underdogs have a line of about +130 at many sports books, while the over/under bet for runs in the game is set at just 6 runs. Weather reports indicate temperatures heading to the upper 70's today in St. Louis near Busch Stadium. There is a 50% chance for rain or scattered thunderstorms on the forecast as well.
Today's Dodgers vs. Cardinals Game 2 has a start time scheduled for 4:07 p.m. EST. Television coverage can be seen in Roanoke and elsewhere via TBS on cable or satellite. The live streaming coverage of today's game is available through the MLB Postseason TV subscription service for $4.99. The service allows U.S. and Canadian viewers to watch "alternate angle companion viewing" live online in addition to the televised version of the game. See more details here at MLB's website for how to watch Game 2 live online.