Tonight's Matchup: Cardinals (Wainwright) @ Dodgers (Ryu)

Jeff Golden

If the Dodgers are going to turn around the NLCS, they really should start at home tonight.

Home teams are undefeated thus far in the 2013 NLCS.

The Dodgers will look to continue that trend tonight when they send Hyun-Jin Ryu (3.00 ERA, 3.24 FIP) to the mound in Game 3. Ryu's postseason debut was a rough one in Game 3 of the NLDS, as the Braves tagged him for four runs on six hits over just three innings in a game the Dodgers won 13-6 anyway.

Ryu's success in the majors raises an interesting question about how many Korean pitchers could compete at this level. Over seven KBO seasons Ryu posted a 2.80 ERA, then came over to the US and had a 3.00 mark in his debut season. Obviously his MLB sample size isn't very big at this point, but his immediate success could lead to more teams attempting to acquire top Korean talent.

Ryu beat the Cardinals on August 8, holding them to a single unearned run on five hits over seven innings. No current Cardinals have faced him ten times or more.

He'll face postseason veteran Adam Wainwright (2.94 ERA, 2.55 FIP), who has a chance to all-but clinch the series for the Cardinals tonight. Wainwright pitched a complete game for the win in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Pirates on Wednesday, holding them to a single run on eight hits over nine innings.

Wainwright has pitched 48.2 postseason innings over 15 appearances in his career, which is tied for the sixth most in Cardinals franchise history. If he works six innings tonight he'll pass Jeff Suppan for fifth on the all-time list. He's also never lost a postseason game, and is 3-0 in his last three starts.

Wainwright was the losing pitcher when the Dodgers and Cardinals met on August 5, allowing three runs on seven hits over seven innings with two walks and five strikeouts. Five current Dodgers have faced him ten times or more:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Andre Ethier 36 33 10 3 0 3 7 3 8 .303 .361 .667 1.028
Hanley Ramirez 27 24 5 0 0 0 2 3 5 .208 .296 .208 .505
Adrian Gonzalez 19 17 4 1 0 0 2 2 6 .235 .316 .294 .610
Mark Ellis 12 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .083 .083 .083 .167
Juan Uribe 11 11 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .273 .273 .273 .545
Total 147 136 29 7 0 3 15 9 33 .213 .262 .331 .593
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 10/14/2013.

As of this writing I haven't seen tonight's lineups. If you have, please post them in the comments.

Enjoy the game!

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