Three steps forward, one step back. After sweeping their three-game series against the Angels in Anaheim, the St. Louis Cardinals traveled less than an hour from Angel Stadium to Dodger Stadium. There, Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling earned his first MLB win against former college teammate Michael Wacha of the Cards. To make the night even sweeter for Stripling, he also registered his first base hit in the major leagues when he got a single off of Wacha in his first at-bat of the game.
Going into Saturday’s game, both teams will have a record of 19-17. For the LA Dodgers, that’s good enough for first place in the NL West (tied with the 20-18 San Francisco Giants). For the Cardinals, it means they’re still tied for second in the NL Central with the Pittsburgh Pirates (18-16). By the end of the season, however, all of these teams could be chasing after a Wild Card.
As everyone in baseball tries to keep pace with the Chicago Cubs, the Cardinals-Dodgers series could be a preview of a match-up in this season’s MLB Playoffs.
Cards vs. Angels
During their first three days in Los Angeles, the Cardinals had their way with the Angels of Anaheim. The Cards scored an impressive 25 runs in three games, compared to LA’s 13. St. Louis actually held the Dodgers to just 3 runs in the first two games.
Mike Leake, Jaime Garcia, and Adam Wainwright were awarded the wins against Los Angeles. En route to 25 runs against the Angels, both Matt Holliday and Matt Carpenter had 3 homers each, while Randal Grichuk added one in Game 3.
Cards vs. Dodgers
The LA Dodgers got out to an early lead in their first game against the St. Louis Cardinals in 2016. They were up 3-1 after two innings and 6-2 after four. The Cardinals scored a run each in the 5th and 6th innings, but the Dodgers responded in like kind. Stripling was awarded the win and Kenley Jansen was given the save. Of the 12 runs scored between the two teams, the only homer was a single-run shot by Yasiel Puig in the bottom of the 6th inning, the final run of the game.
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 13, 2016
For STL, Aledmys Diaz hit the 6th homer of his incredible 2016 season. Diaz currently has the 2nd best batting average in the MLB (.387), behind Washington’s Daniel Murphy (.405). The young shortstop still leads the MLB in slugging percentage (.685) and OPS (1.100).
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Upcoming St. Louis Cardinals Schedule
After the Cardinals finish their series with the Dodgers this weekend, they’ll have Monday to travel before starting a three-game series at Busch Stadium. They’ll play nine straight games at home and seven more on the road before their next day off on June 2.
— Jay Tust (@KTVBSportsGuy) May 10, 2016
Coming to St. Louis May 17-19 will be the Colorado Rockies (17-18, third in the NL West). After that, the Cardinals welcome the Arizona Diamondbacks (17-21, fourth in the NL West) to St. Louis for three games. Then, the Cards face their biggest problem of the year: the Chicago Cubs (26-8, still the best team in the MLB). The homestretch is followed by a four-game series in Washington, D.C. against the Nationals (22-13, first in the NL East) and a three-game series in Milwaukee against the Brewers (15-21, fourth in the NL Central).
Where To Watch
The St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (Game 2 of the three-game series) is set for Saturday, May 14. As of Saturday morning, plenty of tickets were still available for the next two Dodgers-Cardinals games directly through the Dodgers’ website to watch the Cards vs. Dodgers live in Los Angeles. Saturday’s match-up will be an evening game, scheduled to begin at 6:10 p.m. PST. Sunday’s contest is an evening game as well, scheduled to start at 5:05 p.m. PST.
— Shanna Mendiola (@ShannaNBCLA) May 14, 2016
Saturday’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and LA Dodgers will be televised regionally on FOX Sports Midwest and is also available through the MLB Network. Sunday’s Cardinals-Dodgers game will air on ESPN.
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