Anderson has been healthy and productive this season, with a 3.47 ERA and 3.25 FIP in nine starts, including 2.12 and 2.81 in May, including a 19.3-percent strikeout rate and an astonishing 77.3-percent ground ball rate this month.
Anderson has also been pitching deeper into starts, totaling 13⅓ innings over his last two starts and a season-high seven frames on Monday against Atlanta. This is not only Anderson's first career appearance at Busch Stadium, but also his first career game against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are hitting .246/.325/.384 against left-handed pitchers this season, middle of the pack in the National League (eighth in OPS) and right in line with the .253/.320/.384 league mark against southpaws. St. Louis is 5-5 against left-handed starting pitchers this season.
One day after the Dodgers took the important step of moving Jimmy Rollins (.273 on-base percentage in 2015, .323 in 2014) down in the batting order, Alberto Callaspo (.296 OBP this year, .290 last year) gets a spot start at third base, and is batting second, because baseball gods are cruel and vengeful.
Matt Holliday was originally in the starting lineup for the Cardinals but was a late scratch. Peter Bourjos instead starts in center field, with Randal Grichuk in left field for Holliday.
Time: 11:15 a.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network