Against the Dodgers
2014: 2 G (1 GS), 0-1, 9.00 ERA
Career: 5 G (3 GS), 1-1, 6.57 ERA
Loves to face: A.J. Ellis, 0-for-4, 2 K
Hates to face: Adrian Gonzalez, 4-for-7, HR
Why he'll win: Throughout his young career, Miller has been notably better from the comforts of Busch Stadium (14-8, 2.51 ERA) than on the road (12-10, 4.31 ERA).
Pitcher beware: The Dodgers combined to hit 24-for-73 (.329) with 12 runs, three doubles and three homers against the Cardinals through the first two games in this series.
Bottom line: Miller draws a very tough assignment for his first career postseason start. The margin for error against Kershaw will be slim.
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
Against the Cardinals
2014: 3 GS, 1-1, 4.79 ERA
Career: 18 GS, 5-8, 4.20 ERA
Loves to face: Matt Holliday, 11-for-46, 14 K
Hates to face: Matt Carpenter, 9-for-28, HR
Why he'll win: The last time Kershaw gave up seven or more earned runs (May 17 at Arizona), he tossed six shutout innings in his next start, striking out nine and allowing just two hits.
Pitcher beware: Kershaw has surrendered 15 earned runs on 18 hits over his last two postseason starts against the Cardinals (10 2/3 innings).
Bottom line: Kershaw allowed more than three runs just once in the regular season. Bad games are a rarity for the Dodgers' ace. The odds on repeat of his Game 1 performance are slight.
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.