Hyun-Jin Ryu (10-5, 3.44) vs. Edinson Volquez (8-6, 3.65).
Today's theme is injuries. As in, how many more can the already-fragile Dodger lineup take? Thanks to the handiwork of the Cardinals' pitching staff, both Puig and Hanley are questionable for today's game. Three of our five starting pitchers have spent time on the DL, as well as our catcher and third baseman. It's enough to make a general manager wonder if he should sign more players under the age of 30.
Old friend Volquez is having himself a dandy little run right now. According to STATS LLC/ESPN, he "has given up one run or none while going at least six innings in three of his last four home starts. The right-hander also has posted an 0.90 ERA while winning his last four starts overall."
So the 52-46 Pirates, in third place and only 1.5 games back of our buddies the Cards, could present quite a problem for the Dodgers during this nine-game road trip. Let's see if Ryu can channel his inner Kershaw and give the boys a chance to win.