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Dodgers Seek Win Before Getting The Hell Out Of St. Louis

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The Dodgers hope that fourth time is a charm today as they try to win a game in St. Louis. For the fifth straight season, the Dodgers have a series in which they lost the first three games on the road, and this is the third time it has happened in Mound City:

Dodgers Losing First Three Of Four-Game Series
Date Opponent Result
7/16/06 Cardinals L, 11-3
9/20/07 Rockies L, 9-4
8/25/08 Phillies L, 5-0
7/30/09 Cardinals W, 5-3
today Cardinals ???

Charged with preventing a sweep today is Vicente Padilla, who has been magnificent of late. In his last four starts, Padilla is 3-1 with a 1.57 ERA, with three walks and 27 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings. Padilla has yet to allow a hit to a pitcher this season. His mound opponents are hitless at the plate in 11 at-bats with eight strikeouts.  However, more important than the Dodger pitching might be the Dodger offense, which has scored five runs in three games in this series.

The Dodger offense will face Jeff Suppan, who has been terrible this season. He has made seven starts, and is 0-4 in those starts while allowing 64 baserunners in 33 1/3 innings. His ERA as a starter (5.94) is actually better than his ERA as a reliever (7.48) this year. Suppan began the year in Milwaukee, but was banished to the bullpen after just two starts. After getting released by the Brewers, Suppan signed up for the Dave Duncan Rejuvenation Program with his old team. So far, he has yet go pitch longer than 5 2/3 innings in a start this season, and has been bad with the Cardinals, too.

Jeff Suppan In 2010
Team IP ERA FIP xFIP
Brewers 31.0 7.84 4.89 5.06
Cardinals 24.0 4.88 5.66 5.48
Totals 55.0 6.55 5.23 5.55

The bottom line is that this is a winnable game for the Dodgers, a rarity in St. Louis.

Happy Birthday

Joe Torre turns 70 years old today, and is the oldest manager in Dodgers history.

Manager Date of Last Gm   
Age
Joe Torre ??? 70 years
Tommy Lasorda   June 23, 1996 68 years, 275 days
Wilbert Robinson Sept 27, 1931 68 years, 90 days

 

Game Time: 11:15 a.m.

TV:  KCAL

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