The Los Angeles Dodgers put on a hitting clinic during the second inning of Saturday’s game en route to an easy win. With the win, the Dodgers are now in position to take another series and with hopes of doing so, hand the ball to Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw has won his last five starts to improve his record to 8-2. On the season, he has an ERA of 2.24 in 11 starts. The left-hander has an opportunity to get his sixth win and is also in the midst of a scoreless innings streak — up to 21.1 innings without allowing a run.
Sunday presents a challenge for Kershaw as he is a career 4-5 with a 3.75 ERA in 12 starts against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals start to one of their young pitchers, Shelby Miller. The right-hander made a name for himself with an impressive 2013 postseason, but has struggled a bit this season.
Through 16 starts, Miller is 7-6 this season with a 3.75 ERA. He’s faced the Dodgers just twice in his career and is 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA and a WHIP of 1.579 in the two starts.
Miller is 0-1 in his last three starts and is coming off his shortest outing of the season. Against the Colorado Rockies, Miller lasted 2.2 innings and gave up three earned runs, six hits and issued five walks. He was removed from the game due to tightness in his lower back.
The Dodgers have been on a tear lately and have shrunk their deficit from first place in the NL West to one game. To put that into perspective, the Dodgers were down 9.5 games 20 days ago.
Juan Uribe is back at third and Miguel Rojas is in at shortstop in Sunday’s lineup. Hanley Ramirez went down with a calf injury and Justin Turner pulled his hamstring on an RBI double Saturday. Turner has since been placed on the disabled list and Carlos Triunfel re-joined the team.
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