There’s truly nothing like October baseball — and Wednesday’s NL Wild Card Game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers is no exception.
The Dodgers entered the matchup with a few notable feats to consider.
For starters, they are making their ninth straight postseason appearance, the third-longest postseason streak of all-time, after winning 106 regular-season games. No team in MLB history has ever won more games and not finished in first place in its division or league. Their 106 wins are also tied for the second most all-time by a reigning champion — second to only the 1931 Oakland Athletics.
On the other hand, the Cardinals do not quite have that notable paper trail. On August 6th, their playoff odds reached a low of 1.3%, according to FanGraphs. In September, those odds jumped to just 5%, following their 17-game winning streak.
But alas, here we are.
This matchup is primed to come down to which starting pitcher has a better performance: It’s the first time in postseason history in which each starting pitcher’s team has won at least eight of his last starts.
The Cardinals have won 13 of Adam Wainwright’s last 14 starts — including eight consecutive wins.
The Dodgers are undefeated in St. Louis native Max Scherzer’s 11 starts.
On Wednesday eveniing, Washington Nationals All-Star Juan Soto made a surprise appearance at Dodger Stadium to support his former teammates, Trea Turner and Scherzer. The trio won the 2019 World Series together when the Nationals topped the Houston Astros, 4-3. Soto and his hitting coach, Kevin Long, appropriately wore Turner and Scherzer Nationals jerseys.
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