Los Angeles Dodgers at Cincinnati Reds
Time: 4:15 PM PT
Venue: Busch Stadium
St. Louis Record: 81-65
Los Angeles Record: 79-67
How are the Dodgers Doing?
It took seven tries for the Dodgers to finally beat the Reds this year. They experienced an offensive outpour with eight runs on Wednesday, sparked by a solo home run by Joc Pederson in the fourth inning. Ross Stripling made his first start since early August, allowing one run in 3.1 innings.
Why is this Game Important?
This four-game series between the Dodgers and Cardinals may dictate the difference between a playoff spot and a playoff flop. The Dodgers currently trail the Cardinals for the second wild-card spot by two games. The Dodgers would rather win their division but a strong performance this weekend can at least strengthen their hopes for a wild-card game.
The Cardinals swept the Dodgers in a three-game series in Los Angeles in August.
Clayton Kershaw (7-5, 2.42 ERA) vs Austin Gomber (5-0, 2.43 ERA)
Clayton Kershaw earned his seventh win of the year in his last outing in Colorado, where he allowed two runs over six innings. He posts a career 3.68 ERA at Busch Stadium in the regular season, which ranks fifth worst among any Major League stadium where Kershaw has ever pitched.
Since moving from a reliever to a starter, all Austin Gomber has been able to do is win. The Cardinals’ rookie went 5-0 with a 2.38 ERA in last month. He faced the Dodgers in August, getting the no-decision after allowing two runs over five innings.
Matchup of the Day
Brian Dozier vs Austin Gomber
After a hot start with the Dodgers, Brian Dozier’s magic has worn off dramatically. He has just one hit in 23 at-bats in September. He hit at least eight home runs in the final month of the season over each of the last two years.
Los Angeles: 5.4
Los Angeles: -186
Los Angeles: 53% chance of winning
Cardinals: 47% chance of winning
Austin Gomber has a 5-0 record to begin his career. The record for most wins before a loss in a pitcher’s career belongs to Hooks Wiltse and Butch Metzger who picked up 12 consecutive wins before their first loss.
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