The St. Louis Cardinals will head to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers in game one of a three-game series. The first pitch for this game is scheduled for 10:10 p.m. eastern from Dodger Stadium.
The Cardinals have forgotten how to score runs in their last three games, getting shutout in three games in a row. The Dodgers are also not playing their best baseball, losing back-to-back games to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
St. Louis Cardinals Overview
The Cardinals have a stronghold on the National League Central and are looking poised for a postseason run. While there was skepticism about their pitching staff and their use of young players, the Cardinals have proven resilient and should take the division.
Unfortunately for the Cardinals, they have not been playing their best baseball coming into this series. In their last ten games, the Cardinals have only won five of them.
While the Cardinals have struggled recently to score runs, they were one of the best to do it during the regular season. The Cardinals currently rank 4th in the MLB with 4.75 runs per game while also getting their team ERA down to 3.77, which is 9th in the league.
When talking about the Cardinals, it is necessary to talk about Albert Pujols and the record he is chasing. He is currently at 698 home runs, with just over ten games left in the season to get to 700. While he has not hit a home run, Pujols has recorded three hits in the last two games.
Paul Goldschmidt has been the best player in the National League all season and the front runner for the NL MVP. He is hitting .320 with 35 home runs and 112 RBIs. He is currently in the top five in all of those statistics for National League hitters.
Jose Quintana will get the start on the mound for the Cardinals. He has made nine starts for the Cardinals after being traded at the deadline, compiling a 2-1 record with an ERA of 2.44.
Los Angeles Dodgers Overview
The Dodgers have been the best team in baseball all season. From top to bottom, this roster has been built to win the World Series, and they have done everything in their power to get to that point.
The Dodgers have won eight of their last ten games heading into this series. While they are winning games, they have lost back-to-back games to a clearly inferior team in the Diamondbacks.
The Dodgers have been the best team in baseball at scoring runs, scoring 5.36 runs per game to lead the MLB. They have also worked themselves into the best ERA in all of baseball as a team with a 2.81.
Freddie Freeman has had an unbelievable season for the Dodgers. He has accumulated a .330 batting average with 20 home runs and 94 RBIs. Freeman has recorded at least one hit in eight of his last ten games.
Trea Turner has been the hottest hitter for the Dodgers heading into this series. He is currently on an 18-game hitting streak and has been a thorn in opposing teams’ sides all season.
Andrew Heaney will be the starting pitcher for the Dodgers to open up the series. He has started 13 games this season and has a record of 3-2 with a 2.66 ERA.
This will be one of the best series to end the regular season, as there will be a huge postseason atmosphere. Both teams have the potential to make a deep run and find themselves competing for the National League Championship.
Heaney has never started against the Cardinals. Quintana made a start for the Pirates against the Dodgers earlier this season, going six innings and not allowing an earned run.