Are the numbers on Ricky Nolasco‘s side tonight? It depends on what numbers you like.
In his last three starts against the St. Louis Cardinals, the right-hander is 3–0 with a 0.36 ERA against the Cardinals.
And yet, here are his numbers (courtesy of baseball-reference.com) against current Cardinals hitters:
One more stat on Nolasco: He’ll be starting on 20 days’ rest. In his career, Nolasco is 9-8 with a 4.79 ERA when pitching on six or more days’ rest; he was 1-2 with a 5.63 ERA in such situations in 2013.
Hanley Ramirez (hairline rib fracture) and Andre Ethier (left ankle) took part in a full pregame regimen and are in the starting lineup. Tomorrow could be a different matter, with the scheduled 1:07 p.m. PT first pitch leaving perhaps 17 hours between games. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that both players are day-to-day, but it’s hard to imagine either Ramirez or Ethier sitting out if the Dodgers are facing elimination.
For the Cardinals, David Freese returns to the lineup one day after being removed for a pinch-runner in the fifth inning of Game 3. St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said that the injury was “more of a cramp.” Freese is properly hyrdrated and batting seventh.