Zack Greinke and Lance Lynn both have an inconsistent postseason history.
The playoff starts they have won, however, have come exclusively against the opponents they're about to face.
The two take the mound Saturday night in Los Angeles for Game 2 with the St. Louis Cardinals seeking a commanding lead in the NL division series.
Greinke (17-8, 2.71 ERA) faces the brunt of the pressure as he tries to keep the Dodgers from going down 0-2 at home after the Cardinals' improbable 10-9 comeback win Friday over MVP candidate Clayton Kershaw.
Greinke began building postseason confidence last season after struggling in 2011 with Milwaukee in his only previous experience. In 2013, he went 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA and .189 opponents' batting average in 21 innings over three starts, the final two against the Cardinals in the NLCS.
Four of his six playoff starts have come versus St. Louis, resulting in his only two postseason wins - though it's the Cardinals who have eliminated his teams in both of his playoff trips. Overall, Greinke is 2-2 with a 4.30 ERA in the postseason.
"It's the playoffs, so there's plenty of motivation," Greinke told MLB's official website. "But the Cardinals have knocked me out both of the times in the playoffs, so it's not any more motivation, but it's kind of tough losing to the same team twice."
It's been quite a while since he's had that feeling this season, going 5-0 with a 2.34 ERA in his last eight outings.
He's working on five days of rest after beating Colorado on Sunday, running his home record to 10-2 with a 2.55 ERA. That includes a win over St. Louis to account for the better half of a 1-1 record and 3.55 ERA in the season series.
Matt Holliday is 12 for 37 with two homers off Greinke, but the entire Cardinals lineup could be entering with plenty of confidence after roughing up Kershaw for eight runs to come from five down.
Matt Carpenter went 2 for 5 with a home run, double and four RBIs, and the leadoff hitter is batting .375 in his last five postseason games. Kershaw also allowed home runs to Randal Grichuk and Holliday, who now has 13 playoff homers - tied for 14th all-time.
"That was a very special win and now to be able to put that behind us and get ready for the next one, just, it sounds like a boring methodical approach, but I believe that's really what these guys have bought into and what's going to give us a chance to be successful," manager Mike Matheny said.
The Dodgers also had plenty of offense with 16 hits, including 11 against Adam Wainwright. The difference was 11 stranded runners to St. Louis' one.
Catcher A.J. Ellis went 4 for 5 with a home run and is batting .417 with hits in seven straight postseason games, all against St. Louis. Carl Crawford went 2 for 4 to extend his postseason hitting streak to 11.
Lynn (15-10, 2.74) is coming off arguably his best regular season but hasn't won in his last four starts. A lack of run support has been the issue, with Lynn posting a 2.33 ERA while receiving just six runs over 27 innings. He'll be going on six days' rest after not factoring into last Saturday's loss at Arizona.
The right-hander is 5-4 with a 4.81 ERA in 21 postseason games, but he's just 1-3 with a 5.56 ERA in five starts. That victory came in Los Angeles in last season's Game 4. Lynn also won Game 1 in relief and allowed two runs over 7 1-3 innings in the series.
Like Greinke, Lynn split his two starts in the regular-season series, though they came with a 9.00 ERA.