ST. LOUIS - JULY 18: Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts to being thrown out at seconfd base against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Busch Stadium on July 18 2010 in St. Louis Missouri. The Cardinals beat the Dodgers 5-4. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
The St. Louis Cardinals pay a visit to the Los Angeles Dodgers for the start of a four-game set on Thursday with major Wild Card implications.
St. Louis currently holds a one-game lead over Los Angeles in the Wild Card standings, but both teams enter this series struggling of late. In addition to each side carrying three-game losing skids into Thursday's contest, the Cardinals have gone 3-7 in their last ten games overall, with the Dodgers only a game better in their previous ten at 4-6.
Los Angeles leads the season series, 4-3, including a sweep in St. Louis in late-May, but the Cardinals have won the last three contests, coming in a four-game series towards the end of July in Los Angeles.
The starting pitchers for Thursday are slated to be Lance Lynn (14-7, 4.04 ERA) for St. Louis and recent acquisition Josh Beckett (6-13, 5.05 ERA) for the Dodgers.
Game time is scheduled for 9:10 p.m. CT at Dodger Stadium, and the game will be televised in St. Louis on Fox Sports Midwest.
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