Los Angeles Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw (7-5; 2.74 ERA)
Kershaw has only allowed 2 ER over his last 14 innings, and is coming off a streak in which he has allowed 2 ER or fewer in 5 of his last 6 starts. In his 5 losses this year, the Dodgers have put up a combined 8 runs- not very strong support of a hot pitcher. Kershaw is a tough matchup for any team, and will be for the Cards tonight. In order to beat him, the Cards are going to have to stay ahead in the count — when Kershaw is ahead, batters are hitting less than .200 against him.
St. Louis Cardinals: Adam Wainwright (7-10; 4.42 ERA)
Wainwright’s last start was a good one — he only gave up 1 earned run, and went deep into the game, going 7 innings. But the Cards still lost. In fact, he has only surrendered 6 ER in his past 19.1 IP, a respectable stat. So has he finally leveled out? I think (and hope) so, but that doesn’t mean that the Cards are getting wins. In the past three starts (his 19.1 solid innings) the Redbirds are just 1-2. In order to be successful, Wainwright can’t change what he is doing to try and get the W, he needs his offense to support him.
THE SKINNY: Wainwright needs to keep doing what he has been doing, and hopefully his offense can come through. Kershaw is much stronger than his 7-5 ERA would indicate, and the Cardinals are going to have to be aggressive in order to come away with the W.
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