Dodgers @ Cardinals May 30, 2017: Maeda vs. Wacha, take two

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The red hot Dodgers, half game back of the Rockies in the NL West, are closing in on first place after five straight wins. They’ll go for their sixth consecutive victory and sole posession of first place Tuesday afternoon in St. Louis.

Dodgers
Cardinals
4:05 PM
St. Louis
3B
Forsythe
CF
Fowler
LF
Bellinger
RF
Pham
C
Grandal
1B
Carpenter
1B
Gonzalez
C
Molina
CF
Taylor
SS
Diaz
2B
Utley
3B
Peralta
SS
Hernandez 2B DeJong
RF
Puig
LF
Martinez
P
Maeda (R)
P
Wacha (R)

The Cardinals (3.21 ERA/1.17 WHIP) and the Dodgers (3.53 ERA/ 1.21 WHIP) both have excellent starting pitching, arguably the two best starting pitching staffs in the league. Rich Hill found his groove again in the series opener, besting Mike Leake the second time around. The series continues with another pitching rematch between Kenta Maeda and Michael Wacha Tuesday afternoon.

Maeda (4-2, 5.08 ERA, 4.19 FIP) gets his second shot against Wacha, the very same matchup we saw just five days ago at Dodger Stadium. Fresh off the 10-day DL, shaky in the early going, Maeda settled down and looked healthy through five innings of work allowing three runs on seven hits in the 7-3 Dodger win last Thursday.

There were also other contributing factors in the Dodgers’ win over the Red Birds including Maeda’s big at-bat and Hyun-Jin Ryu‘s four-inning save. Maeda roped a base hit down the line to plate two runs, allowing Dave Roberts to make us all look like fools when he decided to let his starting pitcher hit for himself. Then Ryu came in out of the bullpen for the first time in his Major League career to pitch four shutout innings on 51 pitches. With Alex Wood landing on the 10-day DL with left SC joint inflammation, Ryu will start in his place Wednesday, temporarily splitting up the exceptional tag team of Maeda-Ryu.

Wacha (2-2, 3.66 ERA, 3.49), looks to rebound from his last start against the Dodgers and continue his success at home this season after lasting only four innings and allowing six runs on seven hits last week in LA. He is 2-0 with a 2.35 ERA/1.01 WHIP at Busch Stadium, holding opponents to a .217 batting average. Overall against the Dodgers, Wacha is 1-3 with a 5.06 ERA in five career starts (26 2/3 innings).

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Cody Bellinger bats second in Roberts’ lineup today, and Enrique Hernandez gets the start at shortstop. Corey Seager, who has an early lead amongst NL shortstops for All-Star consideration, has the afternoon off.

For scoreboard watchers, the Rockies host the Mariners at 4:10 pm PST. The Dodgers have won 10 of their last 12 games but haven’t led the NL West since the first week of the season.

About Stacie Wheeler

Stacie Wheeler

Stacie Wheeler, born and raised in So Cal, has been writing about the Dodgers since 2010. She wrote daily as the Co-Editor of Lasorda’s Lair for five long years, and she has also written for Dodgers Nation and Dodger Blue 1958. She currently contributes to The Hardball Times. Stacie graduated from the University Of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Cinema-Television. You can also watch her videos on her YouTube channel, DishingUpTheDodgers.