In order for these Dodgers to be the fifth team in franchise history to overcome an 0-2 series, they’ll need Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier healthy. Ramirez was a late scratch in Game 2 with sore ribs while Ethier hasn’t fully recovered from an injured shin.

With a day off before Game 3, it gives the entire team much needed rest. Manager Don Mattingly discussed that while Ethier is improving, he won’t make a decision until tomorrow. Ramirez admitted that if Game 3 was on Sunday, he wouldn’t be able to play. While Ramirez fears that it may be a fractured rib, he will play in pivotal Game 3 if he can handle the pain and will be a game-time decision.

After 26 runs in four games against the Braves, the Dodgers have struggled tremendously with just two runs and are hitting .063 with runners in scoring position. However, the pitching has been impressive and Hyun-Jin Ryu will look to continue the trend as he makes the biggest start of his career. While he struggled in Game 3 against the Braves, Ryu has a chance to redeem himself as the Cardinals have struggled against left-handed pitchers.

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Dodgers News 

Latest On Hanley’s Injured Ribs [Bleacher Report]

Ankle Injury Has Ethier Day To Day [True Blue LA]

Dodgers Waiting On Hanley CT Scan Results [True Blue LA]

Heading Home, But With A Long, Difficult Road Still Ahead [Dodgers Scribe]

Scoreless in St. Louis, The Dodgers Drop NLCS Game 2 [Dodger Thoughts]

MLB News

Shane Victorino Ties Post-Season Record With Ninth HBP [HardballTalk]

MLB Exploring Possible All-Star Tour In Korea [SB Nation]

GM Brian Cashman: A-Rod Would Be Hard To Replace [SB Nation]

Best Fits For Biggest ’14 MLB Free Agents [Bleacher Report]

Chris Carpenter “Will Retire” This Offseason [HardballTalk]

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In case you missed it, here’s what Don Mattingly had to say prior to the NLCS starting.

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Dan Duangdao was a contributing writer for Dodgers Nation. Follow him on Twitter @DanDuangdao

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