Monday, October 14, 2013
Top stats to know: NLCS Game 3
By ESPN Stats & Information
The Los Angeles Dodgers face a near-must-win situation Monday night in Game 3 of the NLCS, as they trail the St. Louis Cardinals two games to none. Adam Wainwright takes the mound for the Cardinals against Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers. Here are the top stats to know for the game:
1. The Cardinals won the first two games of the NLCS despite a team batting average of .134 (9-for-67). That's the lowest batting average for a team that won the first two games of a postseason series in MLB history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The previous low was .150 by the Braves in the 1996 NLDS against the Dodgers.
2. This is third time the Cardinals have taken a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven series. They are 1-1 in those series (lost 1985 World Series, won 2004 NLCS).
3. This is the ninth time the Dodgers have trailed 2-0 in a best-of-seven series. They are 3-5 in those series (lost 1916 World Series, 1947 World Series, 1953 World Series, 1966 WS and 2008 NLCS; won 1955 World Series, 1965 World Series and 1981 World Series). The Dodgers (three) and Yankees (four) are the only teams to win three postseason best-of-seven series when trailing 2-0.
4. The Dodgers have gone 19 innings without scoring a run. According to Elias, that is the second-longest single-postseason scoreless streak in franchise history (1966, 33 innings).
5. Wainwright has three straight postseason games with at least seven innings pitched and one run or fewer allowed dating back to last year. That’s tied with Harry Brecheen for the longest such streak in Cardinals history. Only three players in MLB postseason history have a streak of at least four straight games allowing one run or fewer in seven or more innings: Curt Schilling, Mike Mussina and Christy Mathewson.