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Dodgers get an early start on road trip with Memorial Day matinee

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Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

The Dodgers continue their National League Central gauntlet, beginning a four-game series against the Cardinals on Monday morning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Because Monday is Memorial Day, this series opener starts at 11:15 a.m. PT, which is less than ideal for both teams, who traveled Sunday night to get to St. Louis — the Cardinals from Denver, where they dropped two of three, and the Dodgers from L.A., where they completed an 8-2 homestand with a weekend sweep of the Cubs.

Rich Hill starts the opener on Monday for the Dodgers, trying to rebound from a rough start last week against the Cardinals, one that saw him issue a career-most seven walks. Hill called the start "terrible" and "embarrassing."

Hill has made only four starts this season, and in those four he has a 4.76 ERA to go with 17 strikeouts and 12 walks in 17 innings.

Mike Leake was the winner that night for St. Louis with eight strong innings, and he starts again on Monday for a rematch. Leake has nine quality starts in nine outings this season, and leads the National League with a 1.91 ERA.

The Dodgers in May have scored five or more runs 16 times in 25 games, and for the month are averaging 5.76 runs per game, second most in the National League.

Game info

Time: 11:15 a.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA