Ross Stripling (0-2, 3.82 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (18-17) go up against Michael Wacha (2-3, 3.12 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (19-16) in the first of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. The game starts at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 13 and will air on FSMW and SNLA.
In his last start, Stripling pitched 6.0 innings, allowing one run and striking out six in a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays. Chase Utley (.296, 18 Rs, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 SB) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. The Cardinals were unsuccessful the last time Wacha pitched. He did not do well, pitching 6.0 innings, giving up four runs, striking out six and walking two in a 10-5 loss to the Pirates. Aledmys Diaz (.383, 24 Rs, 5 HRs, 18 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well offensively for the Cardinals, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Dodgers -112 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 7.5.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL
After last game's shutout win against New York, the Dodgers now have five shutouts this season. The Cardinals have been shut out in three games this season.
The Dodgers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Cardinals have a 1-4 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 2-14. The Cardinals have a 3-13 record when opponents outhit them.
St. Louis tops the league in home runs this season with 51. Los Angeles ranks near the bottom with 29.
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 10 at sixth with 9.44.
Ranking 24th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.689). St. Louis ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .831.
When the Cardinals allow at least one home run, they are 10-12. When the Dodgers allow one or more homers, they have a 4-13 record.