LA Dodgers (55-44) at St Louis (52-45)
When: Sunday, July 24th 2016
Where: Busch Stadium, St Louis, MO
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: ESPN
The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals will play the rubber-match of their three-game series Sunday night at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals took the opener on Friday night in 16 innings, while the Dodgers used two big innings to take the second game 7-2 on Saturday. The victory yesterday evened the Dodgers’ record at 4-4 on their current nine-game road trip which concludes tonight. Corey Seager is riding a seven-game hitting streak during which he is 14-for-35 while Justin Turner is 14-for-37 with five home runs and 14 RBIs over the first eight games of the Dodgers’ road trip. St. Louis’ winning streak was snapped at five games with yesterday’s setback. Aledmys Diaz had his string of four straight two-hit performances come to a halt, but he did record a single Saturday to run his hitting streak to five games. The Cardinals are 6-3 on their 10-game homestand and trail Miami by one game and Los Angeles by two for wild-card spots in the National League. Los Angeles 1B Adrian Gonzalez has hit safely in 17 of his last 18 games at Busch Stadium.
Pitchers: Dodgers – Scott Kazmir (8-3, 4.30 ERA) | Cardinals – Mike Mayers (MLB Debut)
Scott Kazmir will be looking to win his seventh straight decision after he allowed one run and four hits while recording eight strikeouts in seven innings in a win at Washington on Tuesday. Kazmir is unbeaten in his last 12 starts and hasn’t lost since May 9th. He pitched 8.2 innings allowing three runs (two earned) earlier this season against the Cardinals and his now 2-0 with a 3.20 ERA in three career starts versus them.
Mike Mayers will be making his major league debut on Sunday night. He was scratched from his start on Saturday for Triple-A Memphis in order to be brought up. Mayers has split this season between Memphis and Double-A Springfield, going a combined 8-5 with a 2.62 ERA in 18 starts.
The Dodgers have to be the play here tonight. Mayers is being put in a pressure situation with a playoff race and Sunday Night Baseball on his mind. Kazmir has been steady and the Dodgers’ bats are waking up. I’m taking the road favorite here.
Pick: Dodgers -125