The defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers won 106 games this season, but it still wasn't good enough to win the National League West division title. So they find themselves playing in the NL wild-card game against the St. Louis Cardinals, knowing a loss will instantly end their reign.
The Cardinals, meanwhile, come to Dodger Stadium on a roll. They won 23 of 31 games in September and October -- including a franchise-record 17 in a row -- that propelled them into the playoff picture.
The Dodgers may have a couple cracks in their armor. Star pitcher Clayton Kershaw won't pitch in the postseason because of a forearm injury. And first baseman Max Muncy is out with an elbow injury he suffered in a collision in the regular season finale. He's not expected back for the division series if the Dodgers advance.
Here's everything you need to know about Wednesday night's game:
What time does Cardinals vs. Dodgers start?
First pitch is set for 8:10 p.m. ET at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Who are the starting pitchers for Cardinals vs. Dodgers?
It will be a battle of veteran right-handers on the mound as the Cardinals send 40-year-old Adam Wainwright (17-7, 3.05 ERA) to the mound, while the Dodgers counter with 37-year-old Max Scherzer (15-4, 2.46).
What TV channel is Cardinals vs. Dodgers on?
The game will be televised nationally on TBS with Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Ron Darling (analysis) and Lauren Shehadi (reporting) on the call.
How can I watch Cardinals vs. Dodgers online via live stream?
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