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Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 15,683

Mookie Betts, Dodgers look to beat Cardinals again

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St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers

  1. Thru 15 games this season, the Cardinals were 7-8 and in third place in the NL Central and the Dodgers were 13-2 and 3.5 games ahead of the pack in the NL West. On Memorial Day, the first-place Cardinals visit the third-place Dodgers.
  2. St. Louis is one of eight teams with 30+ wins. Six of the eight (including the Dodgers +68) have run differentials of +50 (or better). The two outliers are the Cardinals at 30-23 in first place in the NL Central (+5 run diff) and the A's at 31-24 in first place in the AL West (-10).
  3. The Dodgers lost 3-of-4 games at home versus the Giants over the weekend, after sweeping the Giants three games in San Francisco the previous weekend. Los Angeles has homered in 10 straight games, including multiple home runs in its last four games.
  4. Tyler O'Neill has six home runs in May, despite spending 10 days on the injured list with a fractured left middle finger. The six home runs (in just 64 AB) are the most O'Neill has ever hit in a single month.
  5. Max Muncy has an NL-high 10 home runs in May (2nd most in MLB; Adolis Garcia -- Tex 11), including five in his last eight games. Muncy is the fourth different Dodger in the last four baseball regular-season months with 10+ HR in a month (Cody Bellinger 10 and Mookie Betts 10 in August 2020, AJ Pollock 10 in September 2020 and Muncy this month).
  6. Jack Flaherty leads the major with eight wins and Trevor Bauer is third in the NL with 91 strikeouts (only Max Scherzer -- Wsh 95 & Zack Wheeler -- Phi 92 ahead of Bauer). Flaherty, the LA native, has gone at least six innings, had at least 8 strikeouts and has allowed 0 or 1 runs in all four career starts against the Dodgers.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/31/2021 thru 6/2/2021

Los Angeles Dodgers leadoff man Mookie Betts will gladly turn the page to June after a May that went so badly off the rails, he missed a game over the weekend with an allergic reaction of unknown origin.

Betts gave glimpses of a turnaround Monday, reaching base four times in a 9-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. He is expected to be in right field and batting first as the Dodgers host the Cardinals on Tuesday in the second game of the series.

"He took five (plate appearances Monday) and you could see they were really good at-bats," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "You can see that when he goes, our guys have a way of following."

Second in National League MVP voting last season, Betts has not looked anything like the player who helped bring a World Series title to Los Angeles for the first time in 32 years.

Heading in to Monday's series opener, Betts was batting just .230 in May, and while he did have three home runs, he had a .794 OPS that was well under his .890 career mark.

Betts did miss a pair of games in the month with left shoulder discomfort, but he has refused to say health has been an issue.

"I've shown that I can play at those expectations and kind of live by them," said Betts, who is batting .247 with five home runs and 18 RBIs. "I'm not mad at it by any means. I don't mind expectations. It doesn't scare me at all."

It's not like June has always been the best to Betts. His .840 career OPS is his lowest in any month of the season.

He does get better as the season progresses, with August and September traditionally his most productive. The Dodgers hope the tide turns before then.

The club knows it can lean on its pitching in the interim. The Dodgers entered play Monday with a 3.20 ERA, third best in baseball. On Tuesday, Los Angeles will try a bullpen game at least one more time through the rotation.

Veteran left-hander David Price (1-0, 3.31 ERA) will start, having given the team 4 2/3 scoreless innings the last two times he started amid the bullpen strategy. He retired all eight batters he faced Thursday against the San Francisco Giants.

Price has just one career start against the Cardinals. It came in 2015 when he was pitching for the Tigers in 2015. He gave up three runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, with two walks and nine strikeouts, and he came away with a no-decision.

The Cardinals will send right-hander John Gant (4-3, 1.81) to the mound. He is coming off a solid May when he had a 1.37 ERA in four starts. He has six career appearances and a 5.40 ERA against the Dodgers, but just one prior start.

In his last two starts, Gant helped end three-game losing streaks.

"I just have so much fun playing baseball, and that's what it's about for me, just going out and competing for the team," said Gant, who has held his opponents to one earned run or less in five of his last six starts.

"(I'm) just trying to do everything I can to give us a chance to win the game," he said.

Said Cardinals manager Mike Shildt, on Gant's knack of wriggling out of trouble: "He's the pitching equivalent of (the video game) Frogger. He plays in a lot of traffic, but he's really good at it."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 1, 2021

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