St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free Preview

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are playing host to the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. Fox Sports Midwest will broadcast this NL matchup and the game gets going at 10:10 p.m. ET.

St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers Odds

Vegas has listed St. Louis (+145) as the underdog to Los Angeles (-155). The total sits at eight runs and bettors can wager on the over for -115 and the under for -105. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the most recent odds sitting at Cardinals +1.5 runs (-150) and Dodgers -1.5 runs (+130).

The Dodgers are 67-58 straight up (SU) and 54-70 against the spread (ATS). The team has lost 24.8 units for moneyline bettors and 15.7 units (ATS). Los Angeles has covered the spread just once in its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. On the other hand, the Cardinals are 68-57 SU and have gone 63-61 ATS. In total, the team’s gained 0.2 units for moneyline bettors and 0.8 units ATS. St. Louis has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the over has cashed in five of those seven.

Neither team has been a strong over/under play this year. Los Angeles games have an over/under record of 59-61-4 in 2018. The Cardinals have an over/under record of 59-60-5.

Austin Gomber will get the start for the visiting Cardinals. Gomber is 3-0 with a 2.89 ERA and 32 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Dodgers this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Dodgers will put the ball in the left hand of Alex Wood (7-6, 3.51 ERA), who’s got 113 punchouts and 31 walks as well as a 1.15 WHIP. Wood did not record a start against the Cardinals in 2017.

As a unit, Los Angeles’ pitchers have given up 3.8 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have a 3.23 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.91 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 9.4 K/9.

The Los Angeles offense is putting up 4.8 runs per outing, including 5.1 per game over its last 10 games and 6.4 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .277/.376/.492 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Dodgers’ offense has been led by first baseman Cody Bellinger and outfielder Chris Taylor. Bellinger is slashing .262/.348/.475 with 20 home runs, 59 RBIs, 70 runs and 10 stolen bases, and Taylor is batting .247 with 13 homers, 53 RBIs and 67 runs.

For the visiting squad, St. Louis’ pitchers have allowed 4.1 runs per game and its starters own a 3.40 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 8.02 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.21, along with a K-per-9 of 8.17.

The Cardinals offense has slashed .250/.325/.410 on its way to 4.6 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.7 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

St. Louis’ offense has been sparked by left fielder Marcell Ozuna and first baseman Jose Martinez. Ozuna is slashing .271/.315/.401 with 15 home runs, 67 RBIs and 51 runs scored, while Martinez is hitting .308/.369/.468 with 14 homers, 69 RBIs and 42 runs scored.

The Cardinals have gained 2.5 units and are 19-17 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has hit in 22 of those games, compared to 14 that’ve gone under against -handed starting pitchers.

St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers Free Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in only two of Los Angeles’ last seven games.
  • The Cardinals have hit 16 home runs in their last 10 games. The Dodgers have hit 18 over their last 10.
  • St. Louis has recorded 23.7 runs + hits + errors per game over its last 10 outings and 16.2 over its last five.
  • The Dodgers have won three of their last four games SU.