The winning ways continued for the Dodgers on Friday night as they defeated the Cardinals 8-4. The Dodgers scored their most runs at home since well….2015. The previous high this year was 7 runs against the Giants in April. Ross Stripling didn’t pitch great, but pitched well enough to beat his old college buddy Michael Wacha. Defense was the Cardinal’s undoing as they committed 4 errors last night en route to the loss. The Cardinals have a great hitting team this year, but their defense is one of the worst in the majors. The Dodger’s defense is normally tight as a drum.
Speaking of drumming, the Cardinals are more than likely going to beat on Scott Kazmir like a drum unless the Dodgers score a lot of runs. Eight might not even be enough this time. The Dodgers are certainly not going to score eight runs off of the Dominican tsunami.
Carlos Martinez-2-1 vs. Scott Kazmir-2-3
Game time – 6:10 PM – TV- SNLA
That’s what they call 24-year old right hander Carlos Martinez. He throws 100 mph heaters, and you can bet he’ll be on point tonight with those blazing fastballs. Last season he was 14-7 with a 3.01 ERA with 184 whiffs in 179.2 innings pitched. This season he is 4-2 with a 2.61 ERA in six starts. He has struck out 30 and walked 11 across 38 frames. He’s posted an FIP of 3.82 and allowed 6.2 hits per nine innings so he has been pretty good this season.
In his career Martinez is 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA against the Dodgers and is 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA at Dodger Stadium. The current Dodgers have never been able to hit Martinez. They’re batting just .204 (11 for 54) with one home run and a .603 OPS against. Yasiel Puig is 3 for 7, and had three hits last night including a home run so that probably means he won’t be in the lineup tonight.
Martinez vs. Dodgers
The Dodgers will give the ball to left hander Scott Kazmir, who has been utterly horrendous this season. Adrian wrote a nice article about him and the Dodger’s conundrum with his contract. Who knows what the problem is with Kazmir this season because he has never been this bad. He is 2-3 with a 5.54 ERA in 7 starts. He’s giving up home runs at a record pace and has allowed 9.9 hits per nine. That’s a problem because this Cardinal’s team hits them a lot. The Cardinals are number one in the league with 52 home runs and 196 RBIs. The Dodgers have hit 30 home runs. You do the math.
Kazmir has faced the Cardinals just twice in his career. He is 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA. Not much to go on as far as the numbers go. The Cards are 9 for 21 (.429) with two home runs. Matt Holliday has hit both and is 4 for 9 against Kazmir.
Kazmir vs. Cardinals
Stat of the day- Puig is hitting .378 (17 for 45) with one home run against the Cardinals during the regular season.
Can the Dodgers continue their winning ways on this home stand? Can Kazmir allow less than 5 runs in a start? Will the Cardinals keep making errors? Will I say something silly on twitter? I guess you’ll just have to tune in here after the game to find out my lovely little Ladodgerreportians.