Dodgers @ Cardinals July 23, 2016: Maeda vs. Leake

4:15 p.m. PT
St. Louis
2B Utley 2B Garcia
SS Seager SS Diaz
3B Turner RF Piscotty
1B González 1B Adams
LF Kendrick 3B Gyorko
C Grandal LF Hazelbaker
RF Toles CF Grichuk
CF Pederson C Rosario
Maeda (R)
Leake (R)

Last night was a long one for both the Dodgers and the Cardinals. A combined total of 39 men — 21 Dodgers, 18 Cardinals — appeared in the 16-inning marathon. The Dodgers used seven relievers, as well as their planned starter for Tuesday (Bud Norris, who gave up the winning run in the bottom of the 16th). The Cardinals used five relievers, as well as a potential starter for Sunday (Tyler Lyons, who delivered four and two-thirds scoreless innings).

But today is a new day. Kenta Maeda will face the Cardinals for the first time in his MLB career. Maeda has been inconsistent in the month of July, during which he’s had his best and worst pitching performances of the year. His best game of the season was July 10th vs. San Diego (game score of 82). His two worst games of the season were July 5th vs. Baltimore (game score of 34) and July 17th at Arizona (game score of 33).

Mike Leake is on the mound for St. Louis, making his second start against the Dodgers of 2016. The Cardinals won that first contest behind the strength of Leake’s six innings of one-run ball, in which he allowed five runs and two walks while striking out three. The run came on a home run off the bat of Corey Seager, who bats second tonight. Leake has a 4.00 ERA (3.86 FIP) and a 1.20 WHIP on the season.

Grant Dayton, who delivered two scoreless frames in extra innings, is headed back to Oklahoma City, and Ross Stripling is back with Los Angeles:

However, it appears that last night’s game won’t have an impact on the planned rotation:

Tomorrow, the Dodgers will face a guy making his Major League debut on national television:

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Sarah Wexler is a native Angeleno and longtime Dodger fan. She began blogging about baseball in 2012 on her Tumblr, New Grass On The Field, where she covered an array of topics but especially enjoyed exploring baseball history. She is now a reporter/producer for She earned her master's degree in Sports Management from Cal State Long Beach. She graduated from New York University in 2014 with a bachelor's in History and a minor in American Studies. She's an avid Springsteen fan, which is a big boost to her baseball writer cred.