Pregame Dodger Notes

Phil gave you his homage to today's starter, Clayton Kershaw, earlier this morning.  Here are some pregame notes for today's game, the third of four at Busch Stadium, aka The Seventh Circle of Hell for the Dodgers:

Since May 1, Clayton Kershaw has a 1.96 ERA in 16 starts, the lowest ERA in baseball during that time

Over his last three starts, Joel PIneiro is 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA over 22 innings.  He has walked an amazing 13 batters in 19 starts this year

Andre Ethier has a nine-game hitting streak for the second time this season, and is hitting .500/.564/.853 over his last nine games.

From last night's broadcast, Matt Kemp has the third highest "batting average while not striking out" (not quite BABIP as first introduced) in MLB history (minimum 1,000 balls in play).  Manny Ramirez is 4th:

Player BA*
Ryan Howard .414
Babe Ruth .406
Matt Kemp .404
Manny Ramirez     .403

Speaking of Matt Kemp, the premiere of his "In My Own Words" will be on Prime Ticket after the game.

The Cardinals are going with all righthanders in tonight's lineup:

Dodgers      Cardinals              
SS Furcal
2B Lugo
2B Hudson 3B DeRosa
LF Manny 1B Pujols
RF Ethier LF Holliday
3B Blake
CF Ludwick
1B Loney RF Stavinoha
C Martin C Molina
CF Kemp SS Ryan
P Kershaw      
P Pineiro    

Get your guesses in for today's "Clogging The Bases" here.

Game Time:  5:15pm

TV:  Prime Ticket

Dodgers Game Notes | Cardinals Game Notes

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