Tale of the tape: Cardinals-Dodgers, Game 1

A look at how Wainwright, Kershaw compare heading into NLDS opener

Tale of the tape: Cardinals-Dodgers, Game 1

Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
Against the Dodgers
2014: 1 GS, 0-1, 1.13 ERA
Career: 14 G (11 GS), 4-5, 2.90 ERA
Loves to face: Matt Kemp, 3-for-27, 6 K
Hates to face: Andre Ethier, 10-for-39, 3 HR

Game breakdown
Why he'll win: Wainwright enters the postseason having allowed just two earned runs over his last four starts (33 innings). He's 4-3 with a 2.53 ERA in October for his career.
Pitcher beware: The Dodgers hit .295 with 35 homers and 156 runs scored over the final month of the regular season.
Bottom line: The Dodgers' lineup is dangerous, but the Cardinals' ace has shown he's up to the challenge. Is this the moment Wainwright steps out from the Dodgers' ace's shadow?

  Date   Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 3   STL 10, LAD 9 video
Gm 2 Oct. 4   LAD 3, STL 2 video
Gm 3 Oct. 6   STL 3, LAD 1 video
Gm 4 Oct. 7   STL 3, LAD 2 video

Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
Against the Cardinals
2014: 2 GS, 1-0, 1.93 ERA
Career: 14 GS, 5-5, 3.46 ERA
Loves to face: Matt Holliday, 10-for-43, 13 K
Hates to face: Yadier Molina, 9-for-30, 3 2B

Game breakdown
Why he'll win: Kershaw has been absolutely dominant this year, and there's no reason to believe he'll let up in the postseason.
Pitcher beware: Kershaw's 3.46 ERA vs. St. Louis is his highest mark against any National League team. The Cards beat the Dodgers' ace twice in last year's NL Championship Series.
Bottom line: Kershaw's resume speaks for itself. Los Angeles' ace just needs to keep pitching as he has all year.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.