ELYSIAN PARK (CBSLA.com) — Javier Cardenas and his family were revved up for Game 1 of the National League Division Series that will pit the Los Angeles Dodgers against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.

The Cardenas’ prepared for the big game with some tailgating.

“The first thing I did was not sleep well,” said Cardenas. “‘Cause you know, excited.”

Tonight’s game will feature ace Clayton Kershaw on the mound for the Dodgers and Adam Wainwright pitching for the Cardinals.

Kershaw was on the mound last year when the Dodgers were eliminated from the post-season by the team they’re facing this afternoon.

“That’s the hardest part about it. Your season ends. It always hangs with you until your next start,” said Kershaw. “And I had to wait a long time for that next one. Thankfully it came.”

While tickets for both today’s game and Saturday’s Game 2 against the Cardinals are sold out, tickets for a possible Game 5 next Thursday remain on sale at the official Dodgers website.

In order to help fans see Kershaw and the rest of the Blue Crew, the Los Angeles Dodgers will provide Dodger Express
shuttle bus service from the South Bay.

Service from the Harbor Gateway Transit Center will start two hours before game time and continue every 15 minutes thereafter. Riders will board at Bay 9 and their Dodger ticket covers the payment for travel.

Buses will drop fans off in Dodger Stadium’s Lot G, just by the right field pavilion.

All auto gates will open at 12:37 p.m. and all stadium gates at 1 p.m. for the 3:37 p.m. game.

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