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NLCS Game 6: Cards vs. Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be looking to stave off elimination once again on Friday night as they play on the road against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the NLCS.

The Dodgers cut the Cardinals' series lead to 3-2 on Wednesday with a 6-4 win in Game 5 of the best-of-seven set. Adrian Gonzalez homered twice and scored three runs for the Dodgers in that victory on the MLB lines.

Clayton Kershaw, with a record of 17-10 on the season, gets the ball for the Dodgers, while the Cardinals trot Michael Wacha to the mound in this one. He is 6-1 so far in 2013.

View Los Angeles Dodgers vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds and Stats.

Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Dodgers listed as favorites of -125 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5.5, check for updates at 5Dimes.

This game puts the Cardinals, most recently No. 2 in Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Dodgers, who rate a No. 17 in the latest survey.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features St. Louis's No. 3-ranked scoring average of 4.74 runs per game, against a Dodgers offense rated No. 16 and scoring 4.02 runs per game. The Cardinals have averaged 9.05 hits per game to date this season, more than the Dodgers hitters have managed (8.96 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Los Angeles owns the No. 3-rated road mark, allowing 3.56 runs per game on the highway. St. Louis, on the other hand, rates No. 6 in scoring at home.

Next up:
Los Angeles at St. Louis, Saturday, October 19th