Greinke and Kershaw were not to be blamed. The Cardinals scored only four runs in the two games, including one little unearned run off Kershaw in Game 2. But the Dodgers only scored a total of two runs in the two games. They were held in check by Joe Kelly and a string of relievers in a 13-inning loss Friday night. And then they were shut out by Michael Wacha and the St. Louis bullpen Saturday afternoon.
All of that was bad news for the Los Angeles club. Perhaps the return to Southern California will automatically make the news much better.
But on the other side of the argument, in Monday's Game 3 (8 p.m. ET, TBS), the Cards will pitch the acknowledged ace of their staff, a proven postseason commodity, a leader of not just the pitching staff, but of the entire ballclub, Adam Wainwright.
Wainwright won two games in the recent NL Division Series against Pittsburgh, putting up an ERA of 1.13 along the way. He won the first game of that series. Wainwright won the last game of that series. He was the supreme difference-maker against a Pirates club that had emerged as not only a winner, but a postseason threat.
Wainwright will be opposed by lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu, who had a fine regular season, but lasted only three innings, giving up four runs, in his NLDS start against Atlanta.
It is possible that the key hit will be easier to locate in Los Angeles for the Dodgers, but it is also possible that facing the Cardinals' most accomplished starter will not make that task any easier.