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The St. Louis Cardinals should respectfully defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers

A belated preview

Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Yesterday was Memorial Day in the United States, so I was off, but even though I am a game late I am still going to try my best to provide some information. Since we only have two games left we are going to switch up the format a little. So, what should we know about the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers?

15 — The Cardinals have 15 walks with the bases loaded this year

14 — The Cardinals are 14th in baseball in position player fWAR at 6.6

13 — Of the 40 hits Trevor Bauer has given up in 2021, 13 have been home runs

12 — Tyler O’Neill leads the Cardinals with 12 home runs; Max Muncy leads the Dodgers with 13

11 — The Dodgers have 11.0 position player fWAR, the third most in baseball

10 — Tommy Edman leads the Cardinals with 10 stolen bases

9 — Yadier Molina has allowed 9 stolen bases this season

8 — Max Muncy has hit 8 home runs off fastballs in 2021

7 — Yadier Molina has thrown out 7 baserunners this season, good for a 44% caught stealing rate

6 — In the 6th inning the Cardinals ERA is 6.33 and opponents have a .378 OBP in that inning

5 — Walker Buehler is tied for fifth in baseball in run value on his 4-seamer with -10; in front of him are teammates Trevor Bauer (first with -19) and Clayton Kershaw (tied for fourth at -11)

4 — In five games since returning from the Injured List on 5/27, Tyler O’Neill has hit 4 home runs and has a 280 wRC+

3 — The Dodgers have the 3rd highest wRC+ in baseball, per Fangraphs, at 112; they sit behind the Houston Astros (117) and Chicago White Sox (114)

2 — At 2.8 fWAR Max Muncy is tied for 2nd with Cincinnati Reds Nick Castellanos for the most valuable position player in baseball (Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is number one at 3.1)

1 — the Cardinals have the lowest HR/9 in baseball at 0.72; the Cardinals have the highest BB/9 at 4.57

0.5 — The Cardinals have fallen to 0.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central; the Dodgers are 2.0 games behind the San Francisco Giants

0 — Carlos Martínez has not given up a home run on his slider so far in 2021; he has struck out 15 with it

Game 1 — May 31 at 8:10 pm CT — Jack Flaherty vs. Trevor Bauer

Game 2 — June 1 at 9:10 pm CT — John Gant vs. Dodgers bullpen

Game 3 — June 2 at 8:10 pm CT — Carlos Martínez vs. Walker Buehler