Randy Wolf vs. Chris Carpenter.
COMMENTS: Not to say this first game is huge, but we're going up against a heavily-hyped powerhouse in Carpenter that really needs no other introduction; his league-leading ERA speaks for itself. And Carpenter goes deep, as well--not only as a pitcher (in his two games against the Dodgers this year, he went seven and eight innings, winning both), but also as a hitter (one grand slam this season). This will be quite a test; even AccuScore has us at only a 42% chance of winning (for reference, we had a 46% chance of winning 2008 NLDS Game 1 vs. the Cubs).
But the Divisional Series are crapshoots, gentlemen; anything can happen. Goliaths can be toppled.
Meanwhile, if there was ever a time to give Wolf a reward for a season full of No Decisions, this would be it. Wolf is 0-1 against the Cardinals this year, but can be counted on to go equally deep into games and is quite durable (leading the NL in starts with 34, and leading the Dodgers with 214.1 IP). Tonight is Wolf's first career playoff appearance. Let's win one for the Wolfer, Dodgers!
I will be at the game today and hope to see you all there. I'll be the one in the Dodgers road jersey and cap.