When Dodgers manager Don Mattingly looks at his club, he see's a confident bunch.
Los Angeles had its franchise-record 15-game road win streak snapped Tuesday in St. Louis, so Mattingly expects his team to bounce back Wednesday against the Cardinals.
The Dodgers still have the best road record in the National League (31-25), and are in first place in the NL West thanks to a 32-8 mark over their past 40 games.
"I think these guys feel like we can win anywhere," Mattingly said. "I feel like we're going to win every day pretty much and we pretty much have, so there's no reason not to think that."
The Dodgers are 15-3 in the second half, and will look to keep rolling Wednesday behind Ricky Nolasco. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.54 ERA in five starts with the Dodgers since coming over in a trade with the Marlins in early July.
The Cardinals, meanwhile, have two games remaining in their 15-game stretch against clubs in the playoff picture: the Braves, Pirates, Reds and Dodgers. St. Louis is 4-9 in that span.
"These are a test, no question," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. "It's been a good challenge. These are the kind of things that good teams look forward to -- the opportunity to go toe-to-toe. We have run into some hot teams. But we have been that team that people have scratched their head about when they're leaving town, too. We've been on both sides."
Shelby Miller will take the mound for the Cardinals. Miller has been much better at home than on the road this year, going 6-2 with a 1.74 ERA in 10 starts at Busch Stadium.
Dodgers: Ramirez nursing jammed shoulder
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez missed his second straight game Tuesday, the result of a jammed right shoulder. Ramirez is not scheduled to have an MRI exam and is considered day to day.
Ramirez had better range of motion in his shoulder Tuesday, according to Mattingly. The manager also said Ramirez has been feeling better each day since Sunday, when he injured his shoulder chasing a popup into the stands at Wrigley Field.
"As long as he keeps going forward like this, there won't be an MRI," Mattingly said. "If he stalls and all of a sudden he's not getting any better, seems to be stuck somewhere, that's when they'll do it."
Ramirez is hitting .313 with six doubles, three homers and 12 RBIs in the second half.
Cardinals: Miller gets second look at Dodgers
Miller was solid in his first career start against the Dodgers on May 26, though he settled for a no-decision after allowing three runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings at Dodger Stadium. The Cardinals won that game, 5-3.
Miller has won three of his last four decisions and has gone at least five innings in all but one of his 21 starts this season. He's 11-7 with a 2.89 ERA, becoming the first Cardinals rookie to win at least 10 games since Jaime Garcia in 2010.
The right-hander also faced the Dodgers last September, tossing a scoreless inning of relief to earn his first Major League win.
• The Dodgers are 9-0-4 in their last 13 series and have not lost a series since dropping two of three to the Pirates June 14-16 in Pittsburgh.
• Cardinals closer Edward Mujica is tied for second in the National League with 30 saves.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.