Friday, Oct 18, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT
Clayton Kershaw vs Michael Wacha
Mostly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 55.
• FBB NATIONALS READING LIST:
#52 / Pitcher / St. Louis Cardinals
Jul 01, 1991
|2013 - Michael Wacha||4-1||15||9||0||0||0||1||64.2||52||20||20||5||19||65||2.78||1.10|
#22 / Pitcher / Los Angeles Dodgers
Mar 19, 1988
|2013 - Clayton Kershaw||16-9||35||33||3||2||0||0||236.0||164||55||48||11||52||232||1.83||.92|
• NLCS Game 6 - Los Angeles Dodgers' lefty Clayton Kershaw is (1-1) with a 0.47 ERA, five walks (2.37 BB/9) and 23 Ks (10.89 K/9) in 19 IP so far in postseason action this year. The 25-year-old left-hander takes the mound tonight in Busch Stadium where he went six innings against the St. Louis Cardinals back in Game 2 of the NLCS, a 1-0 loss to the Cards and right-handed starter Michael Wacha. The two pitchers face off again tonight in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series with the Cardinals one win away from the World Series and the Dodgers fighting to stay alive after winning Game 5 earlier this week to force a sixth game.
Kershaw told reporters yesterday that he's learned to overcome the pressure of pitching in big games like tonight's and the Dodgers' starter also said he thinks Wacha's shown a propensity to tune it all out too. "I think the first couple times in the postseason," Kershaw said, "I didn't pitch as well as I would have liked other than a few, maybe one start there. But I don't know if ‑‑ people can say it's because of nerves or whatever, but maybe I just didn't pitch that well.
"I think [Wacha] obviously handles himself pretty well. He's already pitched in some big games. I don't think nerves are going to be an issue for him."
Wacha, 22, held the Dodgers scoreless over 6 2/3 IP in Game 2 of the NLCS, giving up just five hits and a walk while striking out eight. Asked if there was anything he learned last time out that he can take into tonight's start, the right-hander said he knows he just has to throw strikes. "Just these past two or three starts that I've been out there and had some success, just keep attacking the zone," Wacha told reporters, "limit the base‑on balls because that's where you get in trouble as a pitcher. So I feel like if you can just attack the zone, [as] basically all of our pitchers have been doing this series, it will be pretty good."
Game 6 of the NLCS starts at 8:37 PM EDT in St. Louis...