LOS ANGELES -- As we head into Game 1 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium, the biggest difference between the 2013 and 2014 versions of the Dodgers and Cardinals is on offense, specifically the St. Louis lineup.
In 2013, the Cardinals scored 783 runs, far and away the best offense in the National League, even 77 more runs than the Coors-inflated Rockies, the second-best offense in nominal runs scored. The Dodgers scored 649 runs, well behind the Cardinal pace.
This year, the tables have turned, with the Dodgers ascending to the top of the league on offense (park-adjusted, at least) with 718 runs scored, compared to 619 runs for the Cardinals. Here is a look at the St. Louis lineup for Game 1, a team that scored over one full run per game fewer in 2014 than in 2013.
Matt Carpenter, 3B
7-for-24 (.292), two doubles, triple vs. Clayton Kershaw in his career; 6-for-26 (.231), home run, double vs. Dodgers in 2014
Randal Grichuk, RF
Has never faced Kershaw nor Dodgers
Matt Holliday, LF
10-for-43 (.233), home run, 10 walks (.389 OBP) vs. Kershaw; 4-for-21 (.190), home run vs. Dodgers
Jhonny Peralta, SS
2-for-10, walk vs. Kershaw; 5-for-20 (.250), two doubles, four walks (.400 OBP) vs. Dodgers
Yadier Molina, C
9-for-30 (.300), three doubles, four walks (.364 OBP) vs. Kershaw; 2-for-11 (.182), home runs, double vs. Dodgers
Matt Adams, 1B
2-for-7 (.286), double, walk vs. Kershaw; 5-for-23 (.217), home run, double vs. Dodgers
Pete Kozma, 2B
4-for-8 (.500), three doubles, walk vs. Kershaw; hasn't faced Dodgers this season
Jon Jay, CF
1-for-9 (.111), double, walk, five strikeouts; 7-for-20 (.350), double vs. Dodgers
Adam Wainwright, P
2-for-6 (.333), double, two walks vs. Kershaw; 0-for-3 vs. Dodgers
"I know he can hit a little bit," Kershaw said of Wainwright on Thursday. "so I got to be ready for that."