Tonight’s Cardinals vs Dodgers live stream marks the beginning of L.A.’s attempt to be the first back-to-back World Series Champions in over twenty years, while St. Louis is trying to make it back to the World Series for the first time since 2013. Who will keep the dream going after this win-or-go-home MLB live stream?
On Wednesday night, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers will play this year’s National League Wild Card Game. The single-elimination contest will dictate who advances to the next round, wherein they’ll play a best-of-five division series against the San Francisco Giants, and who heads home to begin their offseason. You can view the full postseason schedule by clicking here.
The defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers won 106 games this season, but it still wasn’t good enough to win the National League West division title. So they find themselves playing in the NL wild-card game against the St. Louis Cardinals, knowing a loss will instantly end their reign.
The Cardinals, meanwhile, come to Dodger Stadium on a roll. They won 23 of 31 games in September and October — including a franchise-record 17 in a row — that propelled them into the playoff picture.
The Dodgers may have a couple cracks in their armor. Star pitcher Clayton Kershaw won’t pitch in the postseason because of a forearm injury. And first baseman Max Muncy is out with an elbow injury he suffered in a collision in the regular season finale. He’s not expected back for the division series if the Dodgers advance.
The Cardinals enter Los Angeles tonight after posting a 90-72 record during the regular season with a perfect split of 45 wins at home and 45 wins on the road. Despite finishing the season with the second-best record in baseball, the Dodgers (106-56) find themselves in the wildcard round of the playoffs. Just the Dodger’s luck, they were in the same division as the team that finished with the best record in baseball, the San Francisco Giants.
The good news? The Dodgers won 106 regular season games, which is the second best total in all of baseball. The bad news? Their division rival, the San Francisco Giants, won 107 regular season games, which means the Dodgers have to win a one-game Wild Card matchup against the Cardinals in order to advance to the division series. Is it fair? Not really. Does it make for good baseball? Absolutely.
The Dodgers and Cardinals faced each other seven times this season, with L.A. edging out the series win, four games to three. But during the final two games of their most recent series in early September, the Cardinals began an incredible 17-game winning streak that helped them finish the year as the hottest team in baseball going 21-4 down the stretch and securing their playoff status.
At the plate tonight, the Cardinals will bat Paul Goldschmidt, Tyler O’Neil and Nolan Arenado as their two, three and four-hole hitters. All three will look to continue their regular season dominance as they each hit over 30 homers. The Dodgers won’t be able to put their best line-up on the field as their home run leader Max Muncy is out with an elbow injury suffered in their last game of the season. Los Angeles will have plenty of talent to fall back on though, as they hit the fourth most homers in all of baseball this season and drove in the fourth most runs.
The Dodgers are 1.5-run favorites against the Cardinals. The over/under is 7.5 runs. The Dodgers are trying to become the first back-to-back World Series Champion since the Yankees won three in a row from 1998 to 2000.
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