The Los Angeles Dodgers had the second greatest document in all of baseball in 2021 — however the defending World Series champions will probably be pressured to play in a single-game elimination towards the St. Louis Cardinals to attempt to make the division sequence.

The Dodgers narrowly defeated the Tampa Bay Rays within the World Series final season for his or her first title for the reason that 1988 season. The staff fought with the San Francisco Giants for the NL West division title, however fell one recreation wanting the crown. For that, they needed to accept the wild-card recreation.

The Cardinals put collectively a 17-game profitable streak to leap the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres within the remaining month of the season and safe a playoff spot. St. Louis is among the hottest groups coming into the postseason and may very well be harmful in the event that they get previous the Dodgers.

Here’s what you want to learn about this wild-card recreation.

What to know in regards to the recreation?

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright throws to the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, in Milwaukee.

St. Louis Cardinals beginning pitcher Adam Wainwright throws to the Milwaukee Brewers through the first inning of a baseball recreation Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, in Milwaukee.
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The Dodgers will host the Cardinals on Wednesday night time at Dodger Stadium. St. Louis will put the veteran Adam Wainwright on the mound in hopes of conjuring some magic. Los Angeles will begin Max Scherzer, who the staff acquired through the season and is in line for an NL Cy Young award. The recreation will begin at 8:10 p.m. ET and will probably be broadcast on TBS

Recent Dodgers-Cardinals playoff historical past

Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner celebrates with Will Smith (16) after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in Los Angeles. Trea Turner and Marx Muncy also scored.

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner celebrates with Will Smith (16) after hitting a house run through the first inning of a baseball recreation towards the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in Los Angeles. Trea Turner and Marx Muncy additionally scored.
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It’s the primary time these two groups are assembly within the playoffs since 2014. The Dodgers received the NL West and met the Cardinals within the division sequence. The Cardinals received the higher of the Dodgers in 4 video games. St. Louis would lose to the eventual World Series champion San Francisco Giants that season. St. Louis additionally beat the Dodgers within the championships sequence in 2013 earlier than ultimately shedding to the Boston Red Sox within the World Series.

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What’s on the road?

Los Angeles Dodgers' Trea Turner, right, gets congratulations from Corey Seager (5), Mookie Betts (50), and Matt Beaty (45), after Turner hit a grand slam home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021.

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Trea Turner, proper, will get congratulations from Corey Seager (5), Mookie Betts (50), and Matt Beaty (45), after Turner hit a grand slam residence run towards the Milwaukee Brewers through the fifth inning of a baseball recreation in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021.
(AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

The single-game wild-card playoff started in 2012. The winner strikes onto the National League Division Series, which is a greatest of 5 video games. The Dodgers have by no means been within the wild-card playoff recreation. The Cardinals had been within the first playoff and defeated the Atlanta Braves, 6-3.

The winner will get a crack on the Giants within the subsequent spherical.