It took until the last game of the season for it to fall in place, but the Dodgers-Cardinals playoff rematch is all set.
They’ll tangle in the National League Division Series, with Game 1 Friday night at Dodger Stadium.
The Pirates helped set it up by losing to the Reds, 4-1, in the last game of the season Sunday, giving the Cardinals the NL Central title before they even took the field.
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Last year the Cardinals ended the Dodgers season in the National League Championship Series by rocking Clayton Kershaw, en route to a, 9-0, win in Game 6.
Adrian Gonzalez says this time around his squad will be better.
“We got our whole outfield healthy. Hanley [Ramirez] is healthy. We, basically, got our whole team healthy. It looks like [Hyun-Jin] Ryu will be able to pitch, so I think going into it healthy will be a big factor,” the Dodger first baseman told reporters after Sunday’s game.
A good portion of their prep time will be spent studying video, but Gonzalez says he’s pretty well versed on what to expect from Cardinals pitchers.
“They’re a team that in big situations they don’t like to throw fastballs. That’s one thing that I already know, that they like to go soft in big situations,” he said.
Gonzalez knows a little about what he’s talking about. He hit .300 (6-for-20) with two doubles, two home runs and three RBI’s in last year’s series.
The Dodgers go into the NLDS on a five-game winning streak. The Cardinals finished the season taking two of the three from the Diamondbacks.