Comparing the St. Louis Cardinals lineup to playoff teams

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates with teammates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run in the ninth inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on September 11, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The home run was the 697th of Pujols career, moving him to 4th place all time in MLB home runs. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates with teammates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run in the ninth inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on September 11, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The home run was the 697th of Pujols career, moving him to 4th place all time in MLB home runs. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /
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ST LOUIS, MO – JULY 14: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on July 14, 2022 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO – JULY 14: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on July 14, 2022 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /

Los Angeles Dodgers

  1.  RF Mookie Betts
  2.  SS Trea Turner
  3.  1B Freddie Freeman
  4.  C Will Smith 
  5.  3B Max Muncy 
  6.  DH Justin Turner
  7.  LF Chris Taylor 
  8.  CF Trayce Thompson
  9.  2B Gavin Lux 

The Los Angeles Dodgers, as we all have all grown accustomed to, are head and shoulders above the rest of the league in almost every way, including their lineup.

Their lineup ranks 1st in baseball in OPS at .783 (20 points above the next best team), runs with 812 (43 above second) and pretty much every other major category. This is thanks to three MVP level players in Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts, and Trea Turner, as well as a lineup of guys who just know how to hit.

This mix of top end talent and a deep lineup is what sets them above everyone else in the game. Some lineups can beat you by wearing you down with tough at-bats all game long, while others hope to beat you with their best three guys. Los Angeles does both, which is why they will likely score runs throughout the game in their postseason matchups.

While St. Louis has the firepower to put up a fight, they can’t compete with the best of the Dodgers hitting. Any team facing Los Angeles in the playoffs has to hope they go cold for the series, or else they should pretty easily beat any opponent that comes their way.

Freeman in particular has been impossible for St. Louis to handle this season. The first baseman slashed .818/.857/1.364 with 1 HR and 2 RBI in 14 PA. Those are video game type numbers and just illustrate how insane their lineup can be at times.

Verdict: Dodgers

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