After an eventful All-Star break, the Los Angeles Dodgers embark on the second half of the season and are looking to begin it the way they ended the first half. At the conclusion of the first half, the Dodgers had the best record in the National League at 54-43 and now will face four consecutive series against perennial postseason teams.
The Dodgers begin this test with a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. On the mound for the Dodgers is be Dan Haren, who looks to continue his past success against the Cardinals. Haren enters the game with an 8-6 record and 4.23 ERA this season.
Haren should be feeling confident, as he’s 4-1 in six career starts against the Cardinals. In 42 innings pitched against the Cardinals, Haren has given up 41 hits, but only nine have been extra-base hits. Haren has been able to keep the Cardinal bats from exploding and thus kept his team in the game.
Haren has not faced the Cardinals while playing for the Dodgers and after coming off of two straight losses, will look to start the second half the same way he began the first.
The Cardinals counter with Lance Lynn, one of their hard throwing right-handers. Lynn is third in the NL in wins and has a record of 10-6. Lynn has faced the Dodgers once already this season and would like to amend that forgettable start.
On June 28, Lynn allowed nine hits and six earned runs in just two innings of work. He also issued two walks and came away with only two strikeouts.
The Dodgers will look to capitalize off of the mistakes they scored on the last time they faced Lynn in order to start the second half with a win. The Dodger offense received another bat as Justin Turner was activated from the disabled list, while Carlos Triunfel was optioned to Triple-A to make room.
Also, the Dodgers announced on Friday that Paco Rodriguez was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque.
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