That was some roller-coaster ride last night: The Cardinals trailed 6-2 in Miami going to the top of the ninth, pushed across four runs to send the game to extra innings, scored twice in the top of the 10th, then allowed one in the bottom of
the frame before holding on for an 8-7 win. Not exactly how I thought it would go, but I’ll take it. Tonight, I finally get the overall record back to .500 with an under play in San Francisco.
First off, the Dodgers’ everyday starters are in need of a double dose of Viagra, as they’ve been swinging limp sticks for more than a week, scoring a whopping 15 runs in their last eight games (and five of those runs came in the first two innings at Anaheim on Friday). Tonight, Los Angeles faces Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong, who sports a 2.41 overall ERA and a 1.47 ERA at home, where he’s allowed just eight earned runs in 49 innings. Vogelsong has given up more than two runs in just four of his 13 starts, and allowed more than three runs just once. And in four starts against the Dodgers since the start of last season, he’s allowed only eight runs in 27 innings (2.67 ERA), with three of those contests staying low.
As for L.A. starter Clayton Kershaw, what needs to be said? He’s one of the best pitchers in the game—as his 2.73 ERA and 95-25 strikeout-to-walk ratio suggests—and the Giants can’t hit him. To that latter point: In his last 10 starts against San Francisco, Kershaw has a yielded 11 earned runs in 72 innings (1.38 ERA). And in six career appearances (five starts) at AT&T Park, Kershaw is 4-1 with 0.43 ERA. Over his last four, covering 31 2/3 innings, he’s allowed just one unearned run, 16 hits and four walks. The “under” is 7-2 in Kershaw’s last nine starts against the Giants, including 4-0 in the last four overall and 4-1 at AT&T Park.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Monday’s Result: Cardinals (-115) vs. Marlins (Win)