Los Angeles Dodgers @ St. Louis Cardinals
Friday, July 18, 7:15 PM CDT , Busch Stadium
Dan Haren, RHP
Lance Lynn, RHPHaren threw his shortest outing of the year his last time out, allowing four runs in four-plus innings in a second straight rough start. He's allowed 17 home runs in his last 12 starts. With a sub-90 mph fastball, his success depends on location.
Saturday, July 19, 3:05 PM CDT , Busch StadiumLynn will lead the Cardinals into the second half of the season after last pitching July 9. In his past two outings, Lynn has pitched 13 1/3 innings, allowing two runs. In all, 11 of Lynn's 19 appearances this season have been quality starts.
Zack Greinke, RHP
Joe Kelly, RHPGreinke pitched well enough to win against the Tigers, allowing three runs in seven innings, but he was out-dueled by a dominant Max Scherzer. The All-Star right-hander is 9-3 with a 2.93 ERA against the Cardinals in his career and beat them June 28.
Sunday, July 20, 7:05 PM CDT , Busch StadiumKelly's return from the disabled list July 11 after missing most of the first half with a strained left hamstring didn't go according to plan. The right-hander lasted only three innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks.
Clayton Kershaw, LHP
Carlos Martinez, RHPKershaw snapped his scoreless streak at 41 innings last Thursday but still delivered an exceptional outing against the Padres. He allowed one run in a complete game, winning his eighth straight start. His ERA in that eight-game winning streak: 0.74.
For the first time in six starts this season, Martinez's outing last Sunday ended in a Cards loss as he surrendered four runs in four frames. As a starter, Martinez has a 4.13 ERA in 28 1/3 innings and has lasted six innings just once.