The Dodgers look for their fifth straight victory on Monday as they open up a four-game series against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Dodgers used Stephen Fife as a sixth starter on Sunday to push back their starting rotation one day, which allowed Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw to pitch against the Cardinals, owners of the best run differential in baseball. Here is a look at the schedule and pitching matchup for the series in St. Louis:
Monday, 4:05 p.m. (KCAL, ESPN)
Greinke has allowed seven runs in his last five starts and has lasted seven innings or longer in eight of his last outings. Adam Wainwright hasn't walked more than two batters in any of his 23 starts this season, and has an insane strikeout-to-walk ratio of 7.94. Wainwright's 17 unintentional walks on the season matches Matt Magill in his last three starts.
Tuesday, 5:15 p.m. (KCAL)
Kershaw will likely soon be rewarded as the National League Pitcher of the Month after giving up seven runs and two walks in six July starts. He has a 2.03 ERA in his last 71 starts, covering 506⅔ innings. Joe Kelly, from nearby Corona and UC Riverside, pitched in relief for three months but has a 1.90 ERA since joining the rotation, including one total run allowed in his last three starts.
Wednesday, 5:15 p.m. (Prime Ticket, ESPN)
After allowing one home run in his first four starts with the Dodgers, Ricky Nolasco gave up three home runs in five innings on Thursday at Wrigley Field. Shelby Miller is 6-2 with a 1.74 ERA in 10 home starts this season with 71 strikeouts and 14 walks.
Thursday, 5:15 p.m. (Prime Ticket)
Hyun-jin Ryu has 15 strikeouts and one walk in his last two starts, and the Dodgers have won each of his last seven starts. Jake Westbrook has more walks (41) than strikeouts (39) on the season, and despite just 14 strikeouts in 42⅓ innings at Busch Stadium, the right-hander is 5-0 with a 1.28 ERA at home this season.