In Monday afternoon MLB action, the Los Angeles Dodgers will travel to Busch Stadium to face the St. Louis Cardinals. The Dodgers (86-51) lead the majors with a plus 215 run differential and trail the Giants by one full game for the NL West Division lead. Last night, Los Angeles went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base during a 6-4 road loss against San Francisco.
Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (12-4 2.40 ERA) will head to the hill for the Dodgers in this contest. Los Angeles has won all six of Scherzer’s stars and he has allowed just five earned runs across 35 innings.
The St. Louis Cardinals are five games above .500 at home and trail San Diego by three full games in the race for the final NL Wild Card spot. On Sunday, St. Louis went 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position and left 14 men on base during a 6-5 road loss against Milwaukee. Tyler O’Neill hit hits 23rd home run as part of a three hit day in a losing effort for the Cardinals (69-66).
Thirty-three year old righty Miles Mikolas (0-1 4.41 ERA) will make his fifth start of the season. Mikolas, who was sidelined with a shoulder injury, has fanned 14 batters through his first 16 plus innings.