Power Sports' REVENGE GAME OF THE WEEK ~ 4-0 SWEEP Sunday! **JAW-DROPPING 21-2 RUN!**
St. Louis vs. LA Dodgers,
08/05/2019 22:10 EDT,
Score: 0 - 8
Money Line: -161 LA Dodgers
8* LA Dodgers (10:10 ET): With a 16.5 game lead, the Dodgers are all but assured of winning the NL West again. They are also seven full games ahead of the rest of the National League, meaning the playoffs will very likely be going through Chavez Ravine. But don't think for a second that Dodger Blue will be lacking for motivation down the stretch. They proved that Sunday by coming from behind to defeat the Padres 11-10. They're now 43-15 at home this year. Motivation shouldn't be lacking on Monday either as they welcome in St. Louis for a three-game set. The Cardinals previously swept them, but that was back in April and in St. Louis. As we saw yet again over the weekend, the Cards simply aren't the same team on the road.
The Redbirds were beaten in both games out in Oakland over the weekend and that dropped them from 1st place in the NL Central. I can't really say that they were worthy of that 1st place distinction either; they have a +19 run differential compared to the Cubs' +76. The somewhat telling home vs. road splits St. Louis experiences are perhaps best exemplified by the starting rotation as virtually all of the pitchers see their numbers go up outside of Busch Stadium. Monday starter Michael Wacha simply isn't that good to begin with as he has a 5.05 ERA and 1.575 WHIP in all 14 of his starts this year. He's been working out of the bullpen for the last month and lasted started a game on 7.4. He started against LA earlier in the year and didn't last long (3 2/3 innings) as he gave up seven runs.
The Dodgers have a really strong rotation, but it will be an unfamiliar name going here in rookie Tony Gonsolin, who starts in place of Hyun-Jin Ryu (who was placed on the DL). Gonsolin's only previous start this year came on 6.26 vs. Arizona. Admittedly, it didn't go all that well w/ him allowing six runs. But he did recently throw at the big league level (as in last week) and held Colorado to one run in four innings and that was at Coors Field. As we saw yday, Gonsolin should get plenty of run support here. The Dodgers got to Wacha when they faced him in April, only to still lose 11-7. It'll be a different story this time around. 8* LA Dodgers