Friday, June 2, 2023
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MLB Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers (28-16) at St. Louis Cardinals (18-26)


2023 NOTES:

  • Over nine starts, the southpaw owns a 5-3 record with a 3.61 ERA (21 ER/52.1 IP) with 52 strikeouts and nine walks…has given up 10 homers and has produced a 1.07 WHIP
  • Pitched a season-high seven innings, striking out a season-best 10 batters on May 2 against the Phillies
  • He is tied for fourth in the NL with five wins, eighth in innings pitched (52.1) and ninth in WHIP (1.07)
  • In his last outing on May 13, he matched a season-high seven innings against the Padres, allowing just three hits, two runs and striking out four en route to his fifth win of the season
  • He is 4-1 with a 1.99 ERA (7 ER/31.2 IP) and 32 strikeouts in five starts at home this season
  • In his start against the Rockies on April 4, he hurled six innings of shut-out baseball, tabbing his 600TH career strikeout against Kris Bryant
  • Tossed six innings on Opening Day against the Diamondbacks, giving up four hits and two earned runs while sitting down six…was his first Opening Day nod of his career
  • Key participant in the World Baseball Classic for Team Mexico, firing 9.0 innings in two starts against Colombia and Puerto Rico…struck out nine batters and walked three while allowing just one earned run on two hits


  • He will make his first career start against the Cards and just his second appearance…last pitched against the club on September 15th, 2018, tossing a scoreless inning and striking out one
  • The lefty is 0-0 in his career against St. Louis with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER/1 IP) and one strikeout in just one appearance


RECENT REDBIRDS: The St. Louis Cardinals and visiting Los Angeles Dodgers play the opener of a four-game series tonight at Busch Stadium … Both the Cardinals and first place Dodgers are 8-2 in their last 10 games … St. Louis handed the Brewers a 3-0 shutout last night to win its third consecutive series (at Cubs, at Red Sox, vs. Brewers).

FLIGHT PATTERN: The Cardinals enter today in fifth place in the NL Central, 6.5 games behind first place Milwaukee and 1.5 games behind fourth place Cincinnati … Since May 6, St. Louis has won eight of their last 10 to improve 3.5 games in the division … The Cardinals have been in last place for 22 straight days (April 25-present). WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE: The Cardinals (+9), Cubs (+22, 19-24 record), and Mariners (+19, 21-22 record) are the only three MLB teams with losing records but positive run differentials.

SURELY YOU CAN’T BE SERIES-OUS?: The Cardinals have won their last three series openers (at Cubs, at Red Sox, vs. Brewers) after establishing a franchise record of consecutive series-opening losses (11) to begin the season.

RBI GUYS: Nolan Arenado has hit safely and recorded an RBI in 10 of his last 11 games (.333/.353/.750, 6 HR, 18 RBI) since May 5 …Arenado’s seven-game streak of driving in a run (May 10-present) is MLB’s longest active, tying Ronald Acuña Jr. for MLB’s longest this season, and is one shy of his career best (8, Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2015) … The last Cardinal to drive in a run in eight straight games was Carlos Beltrán (9, June 22-July 2, 2012) … Ripper Collins (12, June 17-29, 1935) holds the Cardinals record.

RARE COMPANY: Last night Nolan Arenado (307 HR, 1,000 HR) joined Hall of Famers Eddie Mathews (376 HR, 1,010 RBI) and Chipper Jones (301 HR, 1,002 RBI) as the third primary third baseman since 1920 with 300+ HR and 1,000+ RBI before playing their 1,500th game … Arenado’s first career RBI came on a two-run homer off Dodgers reliever Josh Wall at Dodger Stadium (April 29, 2013).

BURGER PHONE: The Cardinals have homered in a season-best six consecutive games (May 12-present), tied with the Rays for MLB’s longest active homer streak … The Cardinals 13 homers over their last six games is T-2nd in MLB behind the Braves (14) and Yankees (14), while their 26 long balls in the month of May ranks 3rd to the Yankees (31) and Braves (33) … This season, the Cardinals are 15-13 in games when they homer, 12-5 when they hit 2+ home runs, and 9-1 when they go yard 3+ times.

THE HEAT IS ON: The Cardinals (86.1, 31-for-36) boast the 3rd-best stolen base percentage in MLB, trailing only the Red Sox (87.1, 27-for-31) and White Sox (92.6, 25-for-27) … The Cardinals 86.1% success rate is currently their best single-season mark in franchise history, topping the 2021 Redbirds (89-for-111, 80.2%) … Overall this season, MLB teams are combining for a 78.8% stolen base success rate, highest in single-season history


  • Makes his 3rd start of the season & 460th career appearance (393rd career start).
  • Missed the first 33 games of the season due to a groin injury he suffered while working out during the WBC Finals. Made two injury rehab starts for Springfield (AA) and one for Memphis (AAA).
  • This will be his 17th career start vs. the Dodgers and 20th career appearance. Is 6-2 with a 1.51 ERA in nine career starts (11 app.) vs. LAD at Busch Stadium.
  • Has departed with the lead in each of his first two starts before the bullpen blew a save. Cardinals rallied to win his second start after falling in extra innings in the first.
  • Tonight is Wainwright’s 393rd career start, ranking 3rd all-time among Cardinals pitchers: Bob Gibson (482) & Bob Forsch (401).
  • Waino’s 393 career starts, all with St. Louis, ranks 14th-most, exclusively with one organization in MLB history, while Gibson (482) ranks 6th. Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators leads at 666.
  • 2023 is his 18th season played with the Cards, 2nd only to Stan Musial (22) and Yadier Molina (19). His 19th season overall as a Cardinal, missing all of 2011 (elbow surgery).
  • Is five wins shy of 200 career, 15 wins from 210 (T-2nd all-time Cardinals history with Jesse Haines), and nine starts away from reaching 400 career.
  • At age 41, Waino is one of four active players age 40+ with Rich Hill (43), Nelson Cruz (42) and Miguel Cabrera (40).


  • Pitched 5.0 innings for the second consecutive start since returning from injury. Was his 40th career start above the age of 40, moving past Jesse Haines (39) into 2nd place Cardinals history. Cardinals rallied to win with a 9th inning rally, 8-6. DATE vs. RESULT DEC IP H R ER BB SO HR NP-S 5/12 @BOS W 8-6 — 5.0 7 4 4 2 2 2 86-54 2023
  • Became the 21st pitcher in MLB history with 300.0 or more career innings in Interleague play in his last start. Passed Jesse Haines (39) for 2nd place all-time among Cardinals with 40 starts over the age of 40. Trails only Grover Cleveland Alexander (80). Allowed back-to-back home runs for only the 9th time in his career. • Made his season debut vs. DET (5/6) and took a no decision the Cardinals lost in 10 innings.
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