Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals
Time: 5:08 PM PT
Venue: Busch Stadium
St. Louis Record: 81-68
Los Angeles Record: 82-67
How are the Dodgers Doing?
The floodgates opened for the Dodgers offense on Saturday in their 17-4 victory over the Cardinals. After trailing 4-3 through four innings, the Dodgers scored 14 unanswered runs. Yasiel Puig led the charge, blasting three home runs. He hit a total of five home runs in less than 24 hours.
Why is this Game Important?
Prior to the start of this series, the Dodgers trailed both the wild card and the division. After four straight wins, and a loss for the Rockies, the Dodgers find themselves ahead of St. Louis and Colorado. Although they hold a playoff spot at the moment, they lead both teams by a game and a half game, respectively.
Ross Stripling (8-3, 2.61 ERA) vs Adam Wainwright (1-3, 4.70 ERA)
Ross Stripling will make his first start since officially replacing Alex Wood in the rotation. Stripling pitched just 3.1 innings and threw just 51 pitches in his last start against the Reds. This is his third start since the end of July.
Adam Wainwright made his first start since May 10 in his last outing. He had missed much of the summer with an elbow injury and allowed four runs in his return from the DL.
Matchup of the Day
Yasiel Puig vs Adam Wainwright
After a two home run game on Friday and a three home run performance on Saturday, it’s only right to go with Yasiel Puig on Sunday. He is up to 21 home runs on the year, which ranks fourth among NL right fielders.
Los Angeles: -135
Los Angeles: 54% chance of winning
Cardinals: 49% chance of winning
Adam Wainwright’s 1,601 career strikeouts ranks second all-time in Cardinals franchise history, trailing only Bob Gibson, who struck out 3,117 in his career.
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