Los Angeles Dodgers versus St. Louis Cardinals (Tuesday, April 9)
The Dodgers head into play with a 7-2 record, best in the NL West. They take on the Cardinals, who are third in the NL Central with a 3-5 record.
Ross Stripling is on the mound for the Dodgers, while Dakota Hudson is scheduled to take the ball for the Cardinals.
Stripling went 8-6 with a 3.02 ERA last season, striking out 136 batters in 122 innings pitched.
He’s carried that success over to this season so far, posting a 2.31 ERA over his first two starts.
Hudson went 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA in 26 relief appearances last season. He’s appeared in two games this season with one start and is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA.
Hudson has allowed three home runs, which could be trouble against a Dodgers’ lineup that has slugged 22 home runs so far this season.
For the Dodgers, Cody Bellinger is leading the way with a .425 average and already six home runs and 17 RBI.
The power surge continues with Enrique Hernandez and Joc Pederson belting three home runs, while Max Muncy, Austin Barnes and Alex Verdugo each have two home runs.
The Dodgers lead the league in scoring, averaging eight runs per game.
The Cardinals have been solid at the plate, but not as explosive as the Dodgers.
Paul Goldschmidt leads the team in home runs with five and in RBI with nine.
Kotlen Wong has been the best all around hitter with a .425 batting average, three home runs and seven RBI.
Paul DeJong and Harrison Bader have supplied some power with three and two home runs, respectively.
As a unit, the Cardinals are averaging 4.6 runs per game.
Both teams have been solid at the back end of the bull pen. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen has four saves and hasn’t allowed a run over 5 1/3 innings.
John Grant is 2-0 with a save and a 1.50 ERA for the Cardinals.
Los Angeles has allowed 4.6 runs per game and the Cardinals have allowed 5 runs per game.
The Dodgers offense, while likely not to continue to put up eight runs per game, should certainly score around 5 or 6 runs with the Cardinals coming in around 4 or 5.
This will make for a 9 to 11 run scoring output. A great high scoring game is in the making for fans that enjoy offense.