Carlos Martinez (4-2, 2.61 ERA) is on the hill for the St. Louis Cardinals (19-17) as they square off against Scott Kazmir (2-3, 5.54 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (19-17) in the second of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won the last game 8-4, and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 9:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 14 and can be seen on FSMW and SNLA.
Kazmir pitched 5.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs (one unearned), striking out six and walking four in a 4-2 defeat to the Mets. Chase Utley (.296, 18 Rs, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. Martinez went 3.1 innings, surrendering one run, striking out two and walking three in a 4-2 defeat to the Pirates in his last outing. Aledmys Diaz (.387, 25 Rs, 6 HRs, 19 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Cardinals, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds for Los Angeles and St. Louis are Dodgers -105, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
The Dodgers have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL
St. Louis recorded at least two errors for the eighth time this season.
The Dodgers managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Cardinals who are coming in with a 13-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 2-14. The Cardinals have a 3-14 record when opponents outhit them.
St. Louis tops the league in home runs this season with 52. Los Angeles ranks near the bottom with 30.
Ranking 18th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.17 per game. St. Louis ranks in the top five at third with 9.69.
Ranking 24th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.691). St. Louis ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .830.
When the Cardinals allow at least one home run, they are 10-13. When the Dodgers allow one or more homers, they have a 5-13 record.