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Epic Battle Looms in Game 1 of NLDS

Clayton Kershaw opposes Adam Wainwright in Friday's Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and Cardinals at Dodger Stadium,

In any normal season, Wainwright, the Cardinals' 20-game winner, would have been a slam-dunk NL Cy Young Award winner. But this has been anything but a normal season. Kershaw, the Dodgers' 26-year-old left-hander, has produced a performance that stands with the best in history.

The Major Leagues' ERA leader, at 1.77, for an unprecedented fourth consecutive season, Kershaw is 21-3 despite missing about five starts with an early season back ailment. The Dodgers were 23-4 when he took the mound, losing only once in his final 21 outings. Kershaw was 10-2 with a 1.70 ERA at home, striking out 137 hitters while walking 13. His June 18 no-hitter against the Rockies, complete with 15 strikeouts, was an error away from being a perfect game. It has been evaluated by some analytics specialists as the greatest game ever pitched.

Wainwright, almost certain to finish in the top three in the NL Cy Young Award balloting for the fourth time, produced at least 19 wins for the fourth time since 2009. He was third in the league in ERA (2.38) and WHIP (1.03). Kershaw's 0.86 WHIP led the NL, in addition to his ERA.

Kershaw has a score to settle: 9-0, to be precise. That was how badly the Cards beat the lefty and his team to send them home for the winter last October in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series in St. Louis.

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Schedule for Thursday, October 2nd
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Royals @ Los Angeles Angels Game 1 6:00PM 830, 1220 TBS Angels 
Schedule for Friday, October 3rd to Wednesday, October 8th
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Friday, October 3rd
MLB St. Louis @ Los Angeles Dodgers Game 1 3:30 PM 570, 1020 FS1 Dodgers 
MLB Royals @ Los Angeles Angels Game 2 6:30 PM 830, 1330 TBS Angels 
Saturday, October 4th
C-MFB Arizona State @ USC 4:30 PM 710 P12N USC 
MLB St. Louis @ Los Angeles Dodgers Game 2 6:30 PM 570, 1020 FS! Dodgers 
C-MFB Utah @ UCLA 7:30 PM 570 ESPN UCLA 
MLS Toronto @ Los Angeles Galaxy 7:30 PM 1330 TWCS Galaxy 
Wednesday, October 8th
NHL San Jose @ Los Angeles Kings 7:30 PM 1150 FSW Kings 
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