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.