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In their final meeting of the 2016 season, the Cardinals will host the Dodgers at Busch Stadium over the weekend.
Michael Wacha will pitch for the Cardinals in the first game of the series. Wacha has allowed a total of eight earned runs in his last three starts, a time span that he has also posted am 18:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in. For the Dodgers, it will be Brandon McCarthy. McCarthy is 2-0 with a 1.69 earned run average since returning from Tommy John surgery. McCarthy has made three starts, totaling sixteen innings and managing an 0.75 WHIP.
In the middle game of the series, Mike Leake is scheduled to toe the rubber for the Cardinals. Leake has punched out 21 batters over his last couple of outings and has not issued a walk since June 30. Hurling for the Dodgers is slated to be Kenta Maeda. Maeda has failed to make it out of the fourth inning in two of his most recent three starts and owns a 4.26 ERA since June 14.
The series finale will most likely feature a pair of southpaws, as Tyler Lyons is anticipated to start for St. Louis. Lyons has served out of the bullpen this season for the Cardinals, pitching to a 3.54 ERA and 1.06 WHIP across 40.2 innings. Los Angeles will roll with Scott Kazmir. Kazmir has given up four earned runs over his last sixteen innings and whiffed 23 batters.
Dodgers: Justin Turner, third baseman. Over his last seven games, Turner is 10-for-29 with four homers and eleven RBIs.
Cardinals: Jedd Gyorko, infielder. Dating back to July 9, Gyorko is batting .385 in his last seven games with eight runs driven in and seven runs scored.