Ricky Nolasco

Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco in the Dodgers' 4-2 loss in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times / October 15, 2013)

Dodgers 0, Cardinals 0 (middle of first):

That would qualify as a good beginning for Ricky Nolasco.

Nolasco, who last started a game three weeks ago, breezed through the Cardinals in the first, retiring them in order.

And he needed only six pitches. Guess the St. Louis plan isn't to wear him down.

Pregame:

The Dodgers mulled and mulled whether to push Zack Greinke up and start him early Tuesday, before finally going with right-hander Ricky Nolasco.

That would be the Nolasco who hasn’t started since Sept. 25, and wasn’t exactly pitching at his best then. The dice are rolling.

If the Dodgers are going to continue to build off the momentum of Monday’s 3-0 victory, they will need a big outing from Nolasco Tuesday in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals.

They have their full lineup back, including Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier. The Cardinals had David Freese leave Monday’s game with a calf issue, but he is back in their lineup.

The Dodgers will have to go to historic levels if they’re to top the drama they managed on this day 25 years ago. When this guy hit a ninth-inning home run. Maybe you remember it. Kirk Gibson’s shot was voted the greatest sporting moment in Los Angeles history.

The Cardinals will send out right-hander Lance Lynn Tuesday, who brings out his own history, and it’s not good for the Dodgers. In 18 lifetime innings against the Dodgers, Lynn is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA.