NLCS: Michael Wacha in spotlight again as Cardinals look to close out Dodgers

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“All we have to do,” Gonzalez said, “is score for him.”

Wacha is 2-0 with a microscopic 0.64 ERA in the postseason, allowing just six hits in 14 innings with 17 strikeouts. Counting his last start of the regular season, when he was one out shy of a no-hitter, make it 3-0 with an 0.42 ERA.

Slim leads have been of no concern, with the Cardinals totaling five runs in those games.

“Just this whole postseason ride has been amazing,” Wacha said. “Hopefully we can just keep it going.”

He knows how tough the opposing pitcher is, but says that can’t be factor.

Kershaw’s a tough pitcher, obviously, and you saw that in his last start,” Wacha said. “But I try not to worry too much about who I’m facing.

“Just try to approach it like any other start and just worry about myself, really.”

Both are hard throwers from Texas who got to the majors fast. Kershaw was 20 when he made his debut in 2008 and Wacha was 21 and hadn’t been in the system a year when he opened with seven strong innings against the Royals in May.

“He obviously handles himself pretty well,” Kershaw said. “I don’t think nerves is going to be the issue for him.”

The Dodgers are trying to become the 12th team to rally from a 3-1 deficit to win a best-of-seven series. The Cardinals squandered a 3-1 series last fall against the Giants.

Game 7 would be Saturday night, and another rematch. The Dodgers‘ Hyun-Jim Ryu worked seven innings of three-hit ball in Game 3 to outpitch Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright, who got no help from a shaky defense.

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