It was last October that Clayton Kershaw last stood on the mound at Busch Stadium and gave up seven runs and 10 hits in four innings in what would be the decisive game in the 2013 National League Championship Series.
Kershaw faces some extra pressure tonight as he starts at Busch Stadium for the first time since last October’s Game 6 and he also looks to help the Los Angeles Dodgers avoid being swept.
The left-hander is coming off a strong performance against the San Diego Padres where he struck out 11 and gave up one run in a complete-game 2-1 win. The Dodgers’ ace can win his ninth consecutive win and snap a four game losing streak against on the road against the Cardinals.
Kershaw faced the Cardinals earlier this season on June 29 throwing a gem and winning the game 6-0.
Taking the mound for the Cardinals is Carlos Martinez, who has struggled this season and is coming off a start where he only went four innings and gave up four runs in a 11-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Martinez is 2-1 with a 4.13 ERA as a starter this season after primarily serving as a relief pitcher.
Yasiel Puig is out the lineup after getting hit by a pitch on his left the hand in Saturday’s game. Puig is unavailable and will undergo a second X-ray exam in Pittsburgh. As a result, Andre Ethier takes over in right field and Scott Van Slyke starts in center.
Without Puig, the Dodgers will still need to improve their offense as they’ve failed to hit a home run in their last six games and have scored a combined 11 runs in their last seven games.
CF: Van Slyke
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