MLB Odds: Cardinals vs. Dodgers
The St. Louis Cardinals carry a four-game winning streak against the Dodgers into tonight when they face off in Los Angeles in the opener of a four-game series.
The story is a little different in Los Angeles, where the Dodgers have won their last five against the Cardinals. On the mound for tonight's game will be Jaime Garcia (1-0, 0.60) for the Cardinals and Hiroki Kuroda (2-0, 1.72) for the Dodgers.
In his last start Garcia allowed one run on four hits while striking out nine over six innings in a no decision against the Giants. Kuroda picked up a win over the Padres in his last start after tossing 8 2-3 shutout innings.
The Dodgers were listed as -130 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 6.5 earlier on Monday. The best LA moneyline was moved down to -107 at 5Dimes.
How They Match Up:
At the plate, Los Angeles owns the No. 11 ranking for hits in the National League at 8.5 per game. By contrast, the Cardinals are rated No. 4 in the same category at 9.7 per game.
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Los Angeles has the National League's No. 7-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cardinals own the National League's No. 12 mark in runs allowed.
The Cardinals were a 15-5 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Diamondbacks. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at +115 on the moneyline, while the total score (20) was good news for OVER bettors. St. Louis ran up the score in their last game on Wednesday, jumping to a lead and resulting in a 15-5 victory against Arizona.
The Dodgers were a 4-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Giants. That made winners of bettors who got San Francisco at -140 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Dodgers were saddled with a loss last time out in Ted Lilly's start, as they lost 4-3 against San Francisco on Wednesday at AT&T Park.
St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing LA Dodgers are 4-6
After playing Arizona are 4-6
After a win are 6-4
Los Angeles Dodgers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing St. Louis are 7-3
After playing San Francisco are 2-8
After a loss are 6-4
A few Cardinals at Dodgers trends to consider:
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing LA Dodgers
The total has gone OVER in 12 of St. Louis' last 18 games on the road
St. Louis is 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Dodgers
LA Dodgers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against St. Louis
LA Dodgers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games at home
LA Dodgers are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing St. Louis
St. Louis at LA Dodgers, Friday, April 15