The Los Angeles Dodgers look to continue their recent success as they begin their homestand tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals. This will be the first meeting between both teams since their NLCS matchup last October, which the Dodgers lost in six games.
The Dodgers come home after a successful 4-2 road trip that saw the team win both series against the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals.
Josh Beckett is back on the mound following strong start where he had eight strikeout performance in a 4-1 Dodgers win over Padres. Beckett is 3-3 with a 1.58 ERA in his last six starts.
The Cardinals counter with their ace, Adam Wainwright, who is having an All-Star season himself. Wainwright is 10-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 15 starts this season.
In his last start, the right-hander allowed one run in eight innings in a 4-1 Cardinals win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Wainwright is 4-4 with a 2.18 ERA in his last 11 starts — including the postseason — against the Dodgers.
The Dodger offense is going to need to keep producing runs if they’re going to compete with the Cardinals, who have averaged 6.5 runs per game while winning four of their last five games.
It may be more of an uphill battle when considering Yasiel Puig hit just .227 in the NLCS. However, Puig hit .400 (6-for-15) in four regular season games against the Cardinals.
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