Cardinals at Dodgers Pick
The Cardinals lost to the Dodgers in the playoffs last season and the way each is playing they may meet again this post-season.
St Louis Cardinals (33-24) at L.A. Dodgers (33-24)
Bovada does not have a line for this game, but check back them since they always have the earliest lines available.
This season the Dodgers are 20-10 at home and the Cardinals are 14-14 on the road.
The Dodgers are coming off a win, are 7-3 in their last 10 games, and only trail the San Diego Padres by .5 games in the NL West. The Cardinals are coming off a loss, are also 7-3 in their last 10 games, and are tied atop the NL Central with the Cincinnati Reds.
ADVERTISEMENT: SOME EXPERTS PICK THIS GAME TO GO OVER. AT 8.5, ITS TEMPTING AND Bovada HAS ODDS AND BONUSES FOR NEW PLAYERS.
In their last games yesterday the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 in extra innings and the Cardinals lost to the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 also in extra innings.
Andre Ethier was on fire before heading to the 15-day DL with a broken finger, but since coming off the DL he is only 5/28 and his batting average has dropped over 40 points.
Rookie Carlos Monasterios (2-0 1.87 ERA) is on the mound for the Dodgers tonight and he was solid in his last start giving up no earned runs in five innings, but got a no decision. P.J. Walters (1-0 6.23 ERA) is slated to start for the Cardinals tonight, but manager Tony LaRussa said he is leaning towards starting Blake Hawksworth, who is 0-2 with a 5.14 ERA in 18 relief appearances and this game would be his first career start.
It may be a good idea to go with Hawksworth, as in Walters last outing he gave up seven earned runs in only four innings of work, but got bailed out by the Cardinals’ offense and got a no decision.
The Dodgers are nine games over .500 and in the NL West race, but while their offense has been solid their pitching has been not since they have only scored four more runs than they have given up.
St. Louis is 6-1 in their last 7 games following a loss and L.A. is 11-4 in their last 15 home games.
In the last eight games between these two teams the total has gone Under six times.
My Pick: The Dodgers have the offense and that will be the difference tonight, as they face a bottom of the rotation guy tonight, whoever is on the mound for the Cardinals. The Dodgers will win this game scoring a lot of runs, so I think the Over is also a good call.
The Dodgers would love to win this game, as in Game 2 tomorrow they will be facing Cardinals’ Ace Chris Carpenter (7-1 2.76 ERA). Hiroki Kuroda (5-4 3.63 ERA) is slated to take the mound for the Dodgers tomorrow.