The St. Louis Cardinals have had to wait until Game 3 of their AL Championship Series to utilize the services of ace Adam Wainwright against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now that time has come with St. Louis enjoying a 2-0 series lead and looking to put their foot down on the Dodgers’ throats at a start time of 8:07pm EST on TBS.
Stellar Cardinals pitching and defense have stymied Dodgers hitting through two games in this series. Los Angeles has actually out hit the Cardinals in both games, but many of those hits have been singles with no runners on base. When a runner has gotten into scoring position, the Cardinals pitching staff has come through with the big pitch when it’s most needed. You can find our preview of this pivotal baseball game as well as a link to Watch Cardinals vs Dodgers ALCS Game 3 online free streaming of the ALCS on TBS below to follow all of this evening’s playoffs baseball action as it unfolds.
The Dodgers sent out their two aces in Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in Games 1 and 2, respectively, and both pitched up to their potential. With no offensive support, the Dodgers were unable to win either game and must now put their third pitcher on the spot tonight against the Cardinals ace.
Taking the ball for the Dodgers is rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu who is coming off a forgettable postseason debut against the Atlanta Braves in the NDLS. Ryu was hit early and often, giving up four runs in only three innings of work. He will need to perform much better tonight as his opponent is one of the best pitchers in the league.
Adam Wainwright gets the nod for the Cardinals and should prove tough for Dodgers hitters to handle if you watch Cardinals vs Dodgers Game 3 online free streaming tonight. Wainwright pitched Game 5 of the NLDS and threw a complete game giving up eight hits and one run. In two starts, he has only given up two total runs and has a WHIP of only 0.75. Looking back over time, Wainwright has given up only a single run in his past three consecutive playoff game starts.
Not only do the Dodgers have to face the Cardinals ace in Wainwright, they will potentially have to do so without the only hitter in their lineup that has shown any pop in his bat during the postseason. Hanley Ramirez missed Game 2 with a ribs injury and his doubtful to play tonight. If he can’t go then that will be a big blow to an already struggling Dodgers offense.
Rookie Yasiel Puig played a huge role in reversing the Dodgers season and powering them into the playoffs. However during the Cardinals series he is a combined 0-10 with six strikeouts, and his job won’t get any easier against Wainwright, especially if manager Don Mattingly puts him in the cleanup spot again like he did in Game 2 with Ramirez out.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will try to avoid an ominous 0-3 hole tonight when they take on the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the AL Divisional Series. You can find out who will win this crucial playoff game if you watch Cardinals vs Dodgers Game 3 online free streaming live on TBS here, assuming you’re already a subscriber to the channel through a cable or satellite provider, or even directly via the official TBS online website. Ryu is no match for Wainwright so I fully anticipate the Cardinals moving one win away from returning to the World Series.