NLCS Game 4: Cardinals vs. Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers will be looking to tie up the NLCS at two wins apiece on Tuesday night as they play host to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the best-of-seven set.
Los Angeles cut their series deficit to 2-1 on Monday night with a 3-0 home win in Game 3 of the set. Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, and Yasiel Puig had RBI for the Dodgers in that win, with Hyun-Jin Ryu tossing seven scoreless innings.
Los Angeles hands the ball to starter Ricky Nolasco in this one and he'll try to improve on his 13-11 mark on the year. St. Louis counters with Lance Lynn, who will try to quiet the fans and the Dodgers bats at the same time.
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Dodgers at No. 17 and the Cardinals at No. 2 heading into this contest.
St. Louis lost its last outing, a 3-0 result against the Dodgers on October 14. Bettors who backed the Dodgers at +106 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. St. Louis didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Hyun-Jin Ryu in a losing cause, 3-0, against Los Angeles on Monday.
How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Los Angeles's No. 16-ranked scoring average of 4.02 runs per game, against a Cardinals offense rated No. 3 and scoring 4.75 runs per game. The Dodgers have averaged 8.97 hits per game to date this season, less than the Cardinals hitters have managed (9.06 per nine innings).
St. Louis brings the No. 4-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Dodgers's No. 2-ranked defense.
A few Cardinals at Dodgers trends to consider:
St. Louis is 4-0-1 SU in its last 5 games
St. Louis is 4-7-1 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against LA Dodgers
LA Dodgers is 3-5-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
LA Dodgers is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing St. Louis
LA Dodgers is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against St. Louis
St. Louis at Los Angeles, Wednesday, October 16th