LOS ANGELES -- For Game 3, it will be the Dodgers' turn to count on their rookies.
After the Cardinals rode their rookie pitchers to a 1-0 victory on Saturday, they will send out veteran ace Adam Wainwright against a depleted Dodgers lineup. The Dodgers, meanwhile, will counter with rookie left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, a 26-year-old sinkerballer who put up slightly better regular-season numbers than Cardinals rookie Shelby Miller.
Miller led major league rookies with 15 wins, to go with nine losses, while Ryu went 14-8. Ryu pitched more innings (192 to 172 13) and posted a slightly better ERA (3.00 to 3.06). The South Korean dominated in his lone start against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Aug. 8. He gave up five hits and an unearned run, struck out seven and walked none over seven innings of a 5-1 victory.
That win came in the midst of the Dodgers' remarkable 42-8 run when Hollywood was happy and no team was playing better. The circumstances will be very different Monday night ...