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Game Preview: Dodgers Look to Rebound After Dropping Series Opener vs Cardinals

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St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers

Time: 7:10 PM PT

Venue: Dodger Stadium

St. Louis Record:

Los Angeles Record:

How are the Dodgers Doing?

The Dodgers dropped the series opener to the Cardinals, 5-3. Kenley Jansen returned to the team after missing close to three weeks to an irregular heartbeat. Jansen took home the loss after surrendering two home runs in the ninth innings.

The offense for Los Angeles also missed several opportunities to capitalize. They left 14 players on base and went 2-14 with runners in scoring position.

Why is this Game Important?

With Jansen back into the mix, the Dodgers bullpen should return to normalcy. During his absence, the bullpen blew seven straight leads and has blown 23 saves all season.

Pitching Matchup

Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-0, 1.77 ERA) vs Daniel Poncedeleon (0-0, 2.04 ERA)

Hyun-Jin Ryu takes the hill on Tuesday, making his second start since coming off the DL. He threw six scoreless innings in his last affair against the Giants. He is making his eighth start of the year and has 1.50 against the Cardinals in his career.

La Mirada product Daniel Poncedeleon faces Los Angeles for the first time in his career. He has made just one start this season, which came on his Major League debut on July 23. He threw seven no-hit innings in that outing. Since then, Poncedeleon has pitched out of the bullpen for the Cardinals.

Matchup of the Day

Justin Turner vs Daniel Poncedeleon

Sticking with the hottest Dodger bat, Justin Turner is the player to watch. He was the only Dodger with multiple hits on Monday and is leading the league in batting in August at a .443/.528/.787 clip.

Vegas Odds

Odds Sharks

Dodgers: -164

Cardinals: +154

FiveThirtyEight

Dodgers: 57% chance of winning

Cardinals: 43% chance of winning

Fun Fact

Dodgers’ Ross Stripling and Cardinals’ Daniel Poncedeleon are two of only five players ever to throw at least seven no-hit innings in their MLB debut.

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Written by Arthur Cribbs

Arthur Cribbs is a journalism student at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He is a lifelong Dodgers fan and when he is not at school, he resides in Los Angeles.

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