Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals Free Pick

Jonathan GarosBaseball, MLB

The Los Angeles Dodgers will play the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Fox Sports Midwest will televise this NL showdown and the first pitch is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals Odds

Los Angeles (-130) is favored over St. Louis (+120) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this game at eight runs (+100 for the over and -120 for the under). The game’s most recent runline odds stand at +115 for taking the Dodgers -1.5 runs and -135 for the Cardinals +1.5.

The Cardinals are 81-66 straight up (SU) and 77-69 against the spread (ATS). The team hasn’t moved the needle much for gamblers, gaining 4.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 8.1 units (ATS). The Dodgers are 80-67 SU and have gone 63-83 ATS. In total, the team’s lost 27.0 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 20.6 units ATS.

St. Louis games have an over/under record of 67-73-6 in 2018. The Dodgers have an over/under record of 68-72-6.

Walker Buehler will get the nod for Los Angeles. The right-handed Buehler is 6-5 with a 3.09 ERA and 122 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with nine strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against St. Louis this year.

The Cardinals are handing the ball to righty Jack Flaherty (8-6, 2.92 ERA), who’s got 160 strikeouts and 50 walks, as well as a WHIP of 1.07. Flaherty is 0-0 with 10 strikeouts and a 1.50 ERA in one start against Los Angeles this year.

Los Angeles’ pitchers have allowed 3.8 runs per game and its starters own a 3.27 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 9.51 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.80, along with a K-per-9 of 9.57.

The Dodgers offense has slashed .246/.330/.433 on its way to 4.8 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.5 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 6.6 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

First baseman Cody Bellinger and right fielder Chris Taylor continue to lead Los Angeles’ hitters. Bellinger is hitting .258/.340/.468 with 22 home runs, 65 RBIs and 77 runs scored, while Taylor is hitting .250 with 16 homers, 60 RBIs and 76 runs scored.

In the other dugout, St. Louis’ pitching staff has allowed 4.1 runs per game overall this year. The club’s starters have an ERA of 3.43, a WHIP of 1.25 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.1. The bullpen has a 4.32 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 8.1 K/9.

The St. Louis hitters are putting up 4.7 runs per outing, including 6.1 per game over its last 10 games and 6.8 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .274/.344/.381 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

Left fielder Marcell Ozuna and first baseman Jose Martinez have led the Cardinals’ offense this year. Ozuna is slashing .281/.322/.435 with 21 home runs, 82 RBIs and 62 runs scored, and Martinez’s line sits at .303/.361/.452 with 16 homers, 80 RBIs and 57 runs.

The Dodgers have lost 21.3 units and are 36-53 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 49 of those games, compared to 37 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Cardinals have lost 0.1 units and are 55-50 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s cashed in 44 of those games, compared to 56 that went under the total.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Dodgers, ATS Winner – Dodgers, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends,

  • The under has cashed in four of St. Louis’ last seven games.
  • St. Louis has recorded 23.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 25.2 over its last five.
  • The Dodgers have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games. The Cardinals have hit 16 over their last 10.