The Los Angeles Dodgers have their eyes set on a sweep this afternoon at Dodger Stadium. Already victorious in the first two games of the series, the Dodgers will look for a three-game sweep Wednesday. All the Cardinals can hope for is winning one of two against the Dodgers. Following the conclusion of this game on Wednesday, the Cardinals will fly home and get the day off tomorrow to relax and prepare for a three-game series vs the Pirates.
Pittsburgh have been struggling and it should give the Cardinals a good opportunity to make up for this lackluster result in Los Angeles. Even if they win today, it’s still going to result in a 2-1 series loss. Then again, the Dodgers are at the top of the standings and St. Louis would be able to live with a win. Of course, the Cards are going to have to be a better team if they want success in the postseason, though. Over the course of a full series, the Cardinals do not have the pitching to keep up with the Dodgers.
The Cardinals are 2.5 games behind the Cubs for 1st in the NL Central. The division hasn’t been great this season, so a record of 58-54 still has them hanging around with a shot at making a run at the divisional crown. The wildcard is within reach at just a half game back of the Phillies.
St. Louis got some help from the Diamondbacks last night, as the Phillies dropped an 8-4 decision in the desert. There are five teams within five games of the Phillies at this moment, so it’s still anyone’s race. The Mets are the hottest team of the bunch with a record of 12-1 in their last 13 competitions.
Jack Flaherty has been hot and will be tasked with leading the Cardinals on the bump Wednesday. Rookie Dustin May, who has made only one start in his major league career, is expected to get the nod against the Cards. The Dodgers were asked about him at the trade deadline, but they ultimately kept the 21-year-old. As the top pitching prospect in their system, he is expected to develop into a star. Head below for our free Cardinals vs. Dodgers pick.
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Dustin May is expected to produce for the Dodgers one day. At only 21 years old, it’s difficult to predict if a rookie is going to be like Mike Soroka and catch on fire immediately. Even Clayton Kershaw didn’t have a great rookie season, but look at where he’s been every year since. A rookie season doesn’t tell the whole picture, though the Dodgers are high on May. With Hyun-Jin Ryu and Ross Stripling both injured, the door is open for him to make an impression.
May was adequate in his debut against the Padres. He did run into some problems, which he was able to get under control before the Padres busted the door open. May yielded 9 hits and 3 earned runs in 5.2 innings of work. With a WHIP of 1.59, he could have easily gotten tagged for more than 3 earned runs in his major league debut. Having said that, it’s definitely not a terrible start to the rookie’s career. He was just fortunate that it didn’t balloon into something much worse.
The Dodgers’ offense has done a lot of damage against pitchers this season. Jack Flaherty hasn’t been a guy that they’ve seemed to be able to figure out, though. He’s one of the few pitchers in the major leagues who have had this lineups number. The Dodgers are hitting just .152 with 2 runs scored against Flaherty in 46 at-bats. Flaherty led the Cardinals to a 7-2 win earlier in the season over the Dodgers.
Joc Pederson is the only hitter on the roster who has taken Flaherty deep in his career. Along with that success against the Dodgers, he heads into this contest on fire. Flaherty has posted an ERA of 1.04 with a 0.87 WHIP in his previous three contests. He has allowed 1 or no runs in four of his last five outings and no more than 2 in his last five. I will take a chance on the Cards to avoid a sweep and get the win as underdogs Wednesday afternoon.