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Dodgers and Cards continue NLCS

The Los Angeles Dodgers will turn to ace Clayton Kershaw on Saturday afternoon as they continue their best-of-seven NLCS on the road at Busch Stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Kershaw has made 12 career starts against St. Louis, going 4-5 in those contests with a 3.75 ERA. The lefthander made two starts against the Braves in the NLDS, allowing a combined one earned run on six hits over those 13 innings.

Michael Wacha gets the call for the St. Louis Cardinals and he will try to build on a 5-1 mark from the regular season.

View Los Angeles Dodgers vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds and Stats.

St. Louis was a 115 moneyline underdogs earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 6.

The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Cardinals at No. 2 and the Dodgers at No. 17 heading into this contest.

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Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Cardinals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at +119 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Los Angeles got a 10-strikeout performance from Zack Greinke but couldn't turn it into a win, suffering a 3-2 loss at the hands of St. Louis on Friday at Busch Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up St. Louis's No. 3 ranked offense (4.8 runs per game) against a Dodgers defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 3 at 3.59 runs allowed per game. The Cardinals have been averaging 9.13 hits per game, more than the Dodgers have managed so far this season (8.99 hits on average).

St. Louis owns the No. 4 defense, allowing 4.8 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Los Angeles's No. 3-rated defense.

A few Dodgers at Cardinals trends to consider:
LA Dodgers is 4-1-1 SU in its last 6 games
LA Dodgers is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
St. Louis is 10-2-1 SU in its last 13 games
St. Louis is 9-1-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
St. Louis is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing LA Dodgers
St. Louis is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against LA Dodgers

Next up:
Los Angeles at St. Louis, Monday, October 14th

 

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