Inside Edge NLDS Projection
Projection: Dodgers in three games
Key Factor Cardinals Dodgers Hitter avg. matchup score vs. starters 48 50 Hitter avg. matchup score vs. bullpen 48 55 Other factors* Edge
*factors such as recent tendencies and home-away performance are formulated into the IE game-prediction formula.
Edge Note: We didn't expect the Game Predictor to come up with a Dodgers sweep either, but the matchups and intangibles swung the Dodgers' way. Look for a very close series that could be surprisingly low-scoring as nearly every hitter on each team is on the short end of the matchup stick versus the other's starters and relievers.
The Inside Edge scouting service uses exclusive pitch-by-pitch data to come up with its conclusions.
ESPN's own projection machine had the Dodgers sweeping the Cards before the series started.
Steve Berthiaume is still a ninny though.