Cardinals’ third baseman Nolan Arenado has played the Dodgers a lot over the course of his 9-year career. But this Wednesday’s game against Los Angeles will easily be his most important one. The 2 Wild Card teams might have missed out on their divisions, but both have the chance to advance on Wednesday.
But there was one other game that Arenado played against the Dodgers that carried similar weight for playoff implications. That was game 163 of the 2018 season. The 2 NL West teams came down to the wire and had to play one more to decide who would win the division.
What followed was a masterful pitching performance by Dodgers hurler Walker Buehler. He tossed 6.2 innings of 1-hit ball and punched out 3 Rockies hitters in the process. Cody Bellinger launched a homerun in the 4th to break the tie and Los Angeles went on to take the West.
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Now with another team, Arenado gets his chance to take on the Dodgers in a big game once again. He did launch a homerun against Kenley Jansen in that 163rd game, but that’s all he could do for Colorado at the time. But he’s with a better team now, and one that he can compete with long-term.
Arenado spoke with the media today ahead of the Wild Card Game. He reflected on big games that he has played against the Dodgers and compared this one to 163 in 2018. The All-Star third baseman also added that he has played against Los Angeles a lot, and lost a lot.
Let’s hope he has another loss in him again.