St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers
Time: 7:10 PM PT
Venue: Dodger Stadium
St. Louis Record: 70-57
Los Angeles Record: 67-60
How are the Dodgers Doing?
The Dodgers have dropped their eight of their last 11 games, after falling to the Cardinals, 5-2. Los Angeles recorded nine hits in the affair, but left 11 players on base and went 1-8 with runners in scoring position. Hyun-Jin Ryu took home hit first loss of the season.
Why is this Game Important?
The Dodgers continue to reside in third place in the NL West standings. They trail the Diamondbacks for the division lead by 3.5 games and trail the Brewers for the second wild card spot by 2.5 games. This is the farthest the Dodgers have been from a playoff spot this ate in a season since 2011. The Dodgers have not been swept since the middle of May.
Walker Buehler (6-4, 3.19 ERA) vs Jack Flaherty (7-6, 3.05 ERA)
Walker Buehler pitches the final game of the set against the St. Louis. Buehler has stepped up his play over his last four starts. He has a 1.42 ERA in 25.1 innings during that stretch. This is his first time facing the Cardinals in his career.
Harvard Westlake alum Jack Flaherty will play against Los Angeles for the first time. He has a 0.95 ERA in three starts this month. The 22-year-old flamethrower has struckout at least seven batters in each of his last six games. He also has two 13 strikeout games this year.
Matchup of the Day
Cody Bellinger vs Jack Flaherty
Outside of Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger is the hottest bat in the Dodgers lineup. He has reached base in every game that he has started this month and is batting .394 in August. Bellinger entered the month with a .237 batting average and is now up to a respectable .260 mark.
Dodgers: 2.7 Cardinals: 2.3
Los Angeles: -160
Los Angeles: 56% chance of winning
Cardinals: 44% chance of winning
Of the 1,005 Major Leaguers to play in 2018, 213 are from California. The second leading state is Florida, with 125 players.
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