Runs may be hard to come by in this one as John Lackey (2-3, 3.18 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (31-16) meet Mike Bolsinger (3-0, 0.71 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (28-18) in the first of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. The game starts at 8:15 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 29 and will air on SportsNet LA, FSN-MW and MLB.
Lackey has a 1.93 ERA and a 5-3 record in his career against the Dodgers, but is up against a solid Los Angeles offense that's hitting .261 on the year. Kolten Wong (.316, 28 Rs, 6 HRs, 23 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 5 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Dodgers were victorious over the Padres 2-0 the last time Bolsinger pitched. He went 8.0 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out eight. Adrian Gonzalez (.341, 32 Rs, 10 HRs, 35 RBIs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment.
During the last 10 games, they averaged 2.4 runs per game, below their 4.5 season average. Los Angeles is one of the top home-run-hitting teams in the league with 62 home runs. The Dodgers average 3.7 walks per game, making them the most disciplined team in the NL. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.15 on the year, good for tops in the league. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in baseball with an NL-high 8.9 strikeouts per game.
The Cardinals will take on a right-hander (Bolsinger) in this game. They have done very well against right-handed starting pitchers this season (26-11), especially at home where they have a 16-2 record. Taking the hill against the Dodgers will be the right-hander Lackey. Right-handed starters haven't been a big issue for them as they sport a 26-13 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD
The Dodgers lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Cardinals are 9-8. The Dodgers are 6-8 in close games this season.
When the Cardinals play into extra innings, they have a 5-3 record. The Dodgers are 2-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Dodgers managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Cardinals who are heading in with a 6-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 21-6. The Dodgers have a 21-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 14th in runs, St. Louis has earned 202 this season. Los Angeles ranks ninth with 209 runs.
Ranking 12th, St. Louis is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 147 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with 172.
The Cardinals are 21-6 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Dodgers are 24-10 when they hit at least one homer.