Potential Playoff Matchup? Dodgers Visit St. Louis

Los Angeles Dodgers (+116) at St. Louis Cardinals (-126, 7.5 O/U )

In what may be a prelude to the playoffs, the Dodgers will be slight underdogs tonight in MLB action against the St. Louis Cardinals. Right-hander Dan Haren, 8-6 with a 4.23 earned run average in 2014, will be the starting pitcher for the Dodgers in their road matchup with St. Louis. Haren had his shortest outing of the year his last time out, allowing four runs in four-plus innings in a second straight rough start. He has given up 17 home runs in his last 12 starts. With a sub-90 mph fastball, his success depends on location. That location has been lacking lately. The Dodgers are 10-9 in games started by Haren, and have gone over 63% of those games. L.A. is 29-19 on the road so far this year, and 54-43 overall. Over their last ten games, L.A. has gone 6-4.

Right-hander Lance Lynn will take the mound for the home team. Lynn will lead the Cardinals into the second half of the season after last pitching July 9. In his past two outings, Lynn has pitched 13 1/3 innings, allowing just two runs. 11 of Lynn’s 19 appearances this season have been quality starts. The Cardinals, 12-7 in his starts, have gone over 39% of the time in those starts. St. Louis is 25-24 on the road so far this year, and 52-44 overall. Over their last ten games, St. Louis has gone 6-4. The game time temperature will be 79°F with winds blowing out at 6 mph. The humidity will be around 45%. No rain is expected in this game.

Lynn: 26 years old right-hander, 6’5” 250 pounds. Throws: fastball, slider, curve, changeup : 2013 velocity, 92.4: 2014 velocity, 92.3: velocity over the last two weeks, 92.6

About the offense of the Los Angeles Dodgers:

Runs per game (league ranking), 12 (4.16 per game) : Home Runs, 22 (76 HRs)

    Bat Ave, 7 (.258) : OB%, 5 (.328) : Slugging, 9 (.398)

      Walks, 6 (3.4 per game) : Strikeouts, 15 (7.6 per game) : Stolen Bases, 1 (87 SBs)

      Last seven games, 27 (.575 OPS) : Last 14 games, 19 (.707 OPS) : Last 28 games, 14 (.703 OPS)

        Versus Righties, 4 (.746 OPS) : Versus lefties, 28 (.668 OPS)

          Home, 17 (.716 OPS) : Away, 4 (.737 OPS)

            1st Inning Production, 11 (.760 OPS)

              Facing a Power Pitcher, 18 (.663 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 3 (.794 OPS)

                Facing a fly ball pitcher, 17 (.720 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 18 (.660 OPS)

                  Run Production at Night, 12 (.720 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 4 (.743 OPS)

                    First five innings, 7 (.743 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 14 (.686 OPS)

                      Haren: 32 years old right-hander, 6’5” 215 pounds. Throws: cutter, fastball, splitter, curve

                      Fly Ball Pitcher : 2013 velocity, 88.9: 2014 velocity, 87.4: velocity over the last two weeks, 88.4

                      Offense Rankings of the St. Louis Cardinals:

                      Runs per game (league ranking), 29 (3.75 per game) : Home Runs, 29 (60 HRs)

                        Bat Ave, 14 (.252) : OB%, 13 (.318) : Slugging, 26 (.372)

                          Walks, 17 (2.9 per game) : Strikeouts, 28 (6.9 per game) : Stolen Bases, 25 (36 SBs)

                          Last seven games, 7 (.791 OPS) : Last 14 games, 9 (.742 OPS) : Last 28 games, 12 (.705 OPS)

                            Versus Righties, 22 (.682 OPS) : Versus lefties, 14 (.711 OPS)

                              Home, 11 (.721 OPS) : Away, 29 (.661 OPS)

                                1st Inning Production, 25 (.648 OPS)

                                  Facing a Power Pitcher, 24 (.639 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 27 (.682 OPS)

                                    Facing a fly ball pitcher, 26 (.686 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 18 (.660 OPS)

                                      Run Production at Night, 21 (.689 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 18 (.691 OPS)

                                        First five innings, 16 (.714 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 27 (.649 OPS)

                                          Colorado Takes on Pittsburgh in Friday MLB Action

                                          Colorado Rockies (+137) at Pittsburgh Pirates (-149, 7.5 O/U )

                                          Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa takes the mound tonight for the road team Colorado Rockies. He is 10-6 on the year with a 4.70 ERA. In his last four starts, De Rosa is 4-0 with a 3.76 ERA and has been all the Rockies could count on in the rotation. He has pitched most of the season with a lower back strain and a bruised left middle finger. The Rockies are 12-6 in games started by him. Colorado is 16-30 on the road so far this year, and 40-55 overall. Over their last ten games, Colorado has gone 4-6.

                                          The Pittsburgh Pirates will send left-hander Francisco Liriano out as their starter; he has a 1-7 record so far in 2014. The Pirates are 7-8 in games started by Lirano this year. Pittsburgh is 20-26 on the road so far this year, and 49-46 overall. Over their last ten games, Pittsburgh has gone 5-5. Temperatures are expected to be around 79°F at game time tonight. Humidity will be at 43%, with the wind blowing out at 5 mph.

                                          Liriano: 29 years old left-hander, 6’2” 215 pounds. Throws: fastball, slider, changeup,

                                          Ground Ball, Power Pitcher : 2013 velocity, 93: 2014 velocity, 92.2: velocity over the last two weeks,

                                          About the offense of the Colorado Rockies:

                                          Runs per game (league ranking), 4 (4.76 per game) : Home Runs, 3 (112 HRs)

                                            Bat Ave, 1 (.281) : OB%, 4 (.331) : Slugging, 1 (.451)

                                              Walks, 26 (2.5 per game) : Strikeouts, 19 (7.3 per game) : Stolen Bases, 12 (57 SBs)

                                              Last seven games, 2 (.856 OPS) : Last 14 games, 16 (.712 OPS) : Last 28 games, 6 (.735 OPS)

                                                Versus Righties, 1 (.778 OPS) : Versus lefties, 2 (.795 OPS)

                                                  Home, 1 (.872 OPS) : Away, 18 (.683 OPS)

                                                    1st Inning Production, 1 (.843 OPS)

                                                      Facing a Power Pitcher, 14 (.679 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 1 (.865 OPS)

                                                        Facing a fly ball pitcher, 1 (.812 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 18 (.660 OPS)

                                                          Run Production at Night, 4 (.765 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 1 (.817 OPS)

                                                            First five innings, 3 (.788 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 2 (.748 OPS)

                                                              De La Rosa: 32 years old left-hander, 6’1” 215 pounds. Throws: fastball, changeup, cutter, slider

                                                              Finesse Pitcher : 2013 velocity, 91.1: 2014 velocity, 92.6: velocity over the last two weeks, 91.9

                                                              Offense Rankings of the Pittsburgh Pirates:

                                                              Runs per game (league ranking), 14 (4.12 per game) : Home Runs, 12 (85 HRs)

                                                                Bat Ave, 9 (.257) : OB%, 3 (.332) : Slugging, 11 (.389)

                                                                  Walks, 7 (3.4 per game) : Strikeouts, 12 (8 per game) : Stolen Bases, 5 (67 SBs)

                                                                  Last seven games, 15 (.733 OPS) : Last 14 games, 10 (.739 OPS) : Last 28 games, 15 (.702 OPS)

                                                                    Versus Righties, 10 (.728 OPS) : Versus lefties, 23 (.686 OPS)

                                                                      Home, 7 (.743 OPS) : Away, 12 (.696 OPS)

                                                                        1st Inning Production, 22 (.675 OPS)

                                                                          Facing a Power Pitcher, 2 (.767 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 22 (.704 OPS)

                                                                            Facing a fly ball pitcher, 5 (.769 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 18 (.660 OPS)

                                                                              Run Production at Night, 2 (.778 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 29 (.613 OPS)

                                                                                First five innings, 6 (.749 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 16 (.679 OPS)