While the Los Angeles Dodgers knew since Wednesday they would play Game 1 of the NL division series at Chavez Ravine, the identity of their opponent wasn’t known until Sunday.
With the Pittsburgh Pirates losing to the Cincinnati Reds, the St. Louis Cardinals clinched the NL Central without needing to win their season finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
On Monday, MLB announced first pitch for Game 1 of the NLDS is scheduled for 3:37 p.m. PT at Dodger Stadium Friday and will be televised on Fox Sports 1. Game 2 of the series, scheduled for Saturday, has a 6:37 p.m. PT start time and will be carried on MLB Network.
Clayton Kershaw will take the ball in Game 1 for the Dodgers and starting opposite him will be Adam Wainwright, who was scratched from Sunday’s start with the Cardinals no longer in a must-win situation.
The two aces were at the center of headlines during the All-Star break when Cardinals manager Mike Matheny selected his pitcher as the starter for the All-Star Game. Matheny said the decision wasn’t easy and also added no pitcher was more deserving of starting the game than Wainwright.
As for Game 2, it’ll be Zack Greinke for the Dodgers with Lance Lynn or perhaps John Lackey taking the ball for the Cardinals. The two teams met in the NLCS last season with the Cardinals advancing in six games and benefitting from the Dodgers losing Hanley Ramirez to injury in Game 1.
The Dodgers finished four games ahead of the Cardinals in the NL standings to secure home-field advantage in the NLDS, which is an improvement on their 2013 postseason beginning on the road against the Atlanta Braves.