Los Angeles Dodgers (80-67, second in NL West) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (81-66, third in NL Central)
St. Louis; Friday, 8:15 p.m. Eastern
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PROBABLE PITCHERS: Dodgers: Walker Buehler (6-5, 3.09 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 122 strikeouts) Cardinals: Jack Flaherty (8-6, 2.92 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 160 strikeouts)
BOTTOM LINE: The Cardinals are 11-13 in Flaherty’s starts this year. St. Louis’ lineup has 191 home runs this year, Matt Carpenter paces them with 35 homers. The Dodgers have gone 14-17 against teams in the NL Central this year. Los Angeles has allowed just 1.8 runs per game in Buehler’s starts this year. The Dodgers won Thursday’s contest 9-7. Clayton Kershaw picked up his eighth win of the season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Cody Bellinger has 22 home runs and 65 RBIs on the season for the Dodgers. Justin Turner has 11 hits and is batting .297 over his past 10 games for Los Angeles. Marcell Ozuna is batting .281 for the Cardinals this season, and his .435 slugging percentage is 37th in the National League. Paul DeJong has 10 hits and is batting .270 over his past 10 games for St. Louis.
LAST 10 GAMES: Dodgers: 5-5, .264 batting average, 4.45 ERA, outscored opponents by seven runs. Cardinals: 5-5, .254 batting average, 5.04 ERA, outscored opponents by seven runs.
CARDINALS INJURIES: The St. Louis Cardinals transferred RHP Michael Wacha from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list on Monday.
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.