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Cody Bellinger and the Los Angeles Dodgers will be taking on the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in a Wednesday showdown. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. ET and Spectrum SportsNet LA will televise this NL showdown.

Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals Odds

Oddsmakers have offered equal -105 moneyline odds on both of these teams. The total currently stands at 8.5 runs and gamblers can play the over for even money (+100) or the under for -120. There’s a runline of Dodgers -1.5 (+140) and Cardinals +1.5 (-160) for this matchup.

The Cardinals are 6-5 straight up (SU) and 6-4 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 0.8 units for moneyline bettors while earning 2.3 units ATS. The Dodgers have gone 8-4 SU this year and are 6-5 ATS. Overall, the club has gained 3.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline in the season’s early going and 1.8 units ATS.

St. Louis games have a 6-3-1 over/under record so far in 2019. Los Angeles has an over/under record of 8-3.

The right-handed Kenta Maeda (2-0, 3.09 ERA) will get the start for the visiting Dodgers. Maeda struck out 153 hitters across 125 innings last year (20 starts) but finished the season 8-10 overall with a 3.81 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.

The Cards are going with righty Jack Flaherty (0-0, 3.86 ERA) as their starter. Flaherty recorded 182 strikeouts across 150 innings last year (with only 59 walks), while finishing the season 8-9 overall with a 3.34 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. He recorded two starts against Los Angeles a year ago and compiled a 0-1 record with a 1.50 ERA and 18 strikeouts.

Los Angeles’ pitchers have allowed 4.7 runs per game and its starters own a 3.77 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 7.84 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 5.01, along with a WHIP of 1.16 and a K-per-9 of 8.05.

The Dodgers offense has slashed .290/.400/.538 on its way to 7.3 runs scored per game this year, including 7.1 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 6.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

First baseman Cody Bellinger and second baseman Kike Hernandez have led Los Angeles’ offense. Bellinger is slashing .440/.500/.960 with seven home runs, 19 RBIs and 18 runs scored, while Hernandez (.378/.478/.730) is up to three homers, eight RBIs and 10 runs scored.

For the home team, St. Louis’ pitching staff has given up 3.9 runs per game overall in 2019. The club’s starters have a 4.02 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has recorded a solid ERA of just 3.14, a WHIP of 1.23 and a K/9 of 8.2.

The St. Louis offense is putting up 4.5 runs per contest, including 3.8 per game over its last five. The team has hit .218/.299/.391 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

The Cardinals’ batters have been led by second baseman Kolten Wong and shortstop Paul DeJong. Wong is slashing .361/.429/.722 with 13 hits, eight RBIs and eight runs scored, while DeJong’s line is .295/.367/.614 with 13 hits, seven RBIs and seven runs scored.

The Dodgers have gained 3.9 units and are 4-2 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in four of those games, compared to two that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Cardinals have lost 1.1 units and are 4-3 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in five of those games, compared to one that went under the total.

Dodgers at Cardinals MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Cardinals, ATS Winner – Cardinals, O/U – UNDER

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in just two of St. Louis’ last seven games.
  • Los Angeles has posted 26.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 25.6 over its last five.
  • The Dodgers have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games. The Cardinals have hit 14 over their last 10.
  • The Dodgers have a total OPS of .938 this season and an OPS of .966 against right-handed pitchers. The Cardinals’ OPS sits at .724 overall and .769 versus righties.