Dodgers vs Cardinals playoff history:
- Series played: 6 (counting 2021 Wild Card Game)
- Series record: 2-4
- Overall record: 10-14
The St. Louis Cardinals were the team that the Dodgers could not beat in the playoffs early in this nine-year stretch. Los Angeles faced St. Louis in both 2013 and 2014 and fell short against the Cardinals both times, doing so in heartbreaking fashion.
The 2013 NLCS saw the Dodgers’ World Series hopes get dashed when Joe Kelley plunked Hanley Ramirez with a fastball that broke his ribs. Clayton Kershaw pitched well in Game 2, but in Game 6 he allowed seven runs in just four innings of work.
Then, in the 2014 NLDS, the Cardinals proved they were still going to be a hard team to beat as Matt Carpenter fueled a massive comeback against LA that saw the Dodgers allow eight runs in the seventh inning in a 10-9 loss. St. Louis won in four games.
Luckily, the Dodgers were able to avoid a third-straight heartbreak at the hands of the Cardinals in 2021, when Chris Taylor launched a walk-off two-run home run in the NL Wild Card Series. If LA plays the Cardinals this year, it will be in the NLCS.
The only other time the Boys in Blue played the Cardinals in the NLDS was in 1985, where St. Louis won four games to two. Los Angeles blew a 2-0 lead in that series, scoring only 11 runs in the final four games.