The Dodgers won 106 games this season and had yet to settle for the NL wild card game. They will face the Cardinals, who won 16 fewer games than Los Angeles. However, in this win or go home game, that difference only matters in determining home advantage.
Like we did in the AL wild card game last night, Emma Baccellieri and I will hang out on this blog live all night, providing updates, analysis and jokes on everything that happens in tonight’s only playoff game. . Let us begin.
All times are in EST.
MM (8:10 pm) – As Max Scherzer makes his first pitch, I’ll give my prediction: Cardinals 4, Dodgers 3. There is no logic to back this up, which is exactly why this will happen.
EB (8:10 pm) – To start, here’s a likely NL MVP candidate cheering for another, so healthy! (Soto is in the park with Nationals hitting coach Kevin Long.)
Yes, the Dodgers are the best team, but it is a game and anything can happen. I’ll go to LA 7, St. Louis 5. I think it will be close.
MM (8:12 pm) – So, of course, Tommy Edman comes in with an opening single.
MM (8:15 pm) – Edman just stole second base. The Cardinals have been an elite base team all season. St. Louis is already threatening in the first.
When I hit send, Goldschmidt walks. Runners in 1st and 2nd with no one out for Tyler O’Neill.
EB (8:18 pm) – Mookie Betts covers a lot of land to get the first here. But the Dodgers still have trouble with running backs on first and third.
EB (8:19 pm) – Score first in a wild pitch? That is some devil magic.
MM (8:20 pm) – Scoring first against Scherzer seems huge. We’ll see if that really matters. When the Cardinals score first this season, they are 70-24.
EB (8:22 pm) – Ooooof. The Dodgers had a chance to end the inning here and let it pass; this should have been a routine groundout for Seager, and he took too long to get to the first one.
EB (8:23 pm) – Luckily for them, he doesn’t bite them again, with Scherzer getting an easy out of Yadier Molina next to get out of trouble. But that’s not how the Dodgers wanted to start.
MM (8:24 pm) – Will this be Corey Seager’s last game with the Dodgers?
EB (8:26 pm) – I think there is a good chance that it is. With Trea Turner still under contract for another year and Gavin Lux waiting behind the scenes, I wouldn’t be surprised if Seager walked this winter … but they have so many options with those three players that I’m not sure they can go wrong.
MM (8:27 pm) – I think the Yankees will make an offer to Seager that he can’t refuse. He’s a left-handed shortstop who hits for average and power and doesn’t strike out too much. That’s exactly what they need now that Gleyber Torres is back at second base.
MM (8:29 pm) – That was a really well placed sinker from Wainwright to hit Seager looking. I’m really interested in how his curveball and sinker combo works tonight against a really good Dodgers lineup.
EB (8:34 pm) – And Wainwright does it all: He saved himself from a running back there with a very sharp defensive play to end the inning.
MM (8:34 pm) – It gives me hope that aging is not so bad.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.