Cards vs. Dodgers in opener of NLCS
The Los Angeles Dodgers have won three of their last four games against the St. Louis Cardinals as those teams open their best-of-seven NLCS at Busch Stadium on Friday night.
The Dodgers topped the Cardinals three times in their four-game series in St. Louis when they last met in early August; they're 6-4 in the last 10 games between the teams. The OVER/UNDER went 4-6 for totals bettors in those games.
Los Angeles puts its faith in starter Zack Greinke to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 15-5. Getting the ball for the Cardinals is Joe Kelly, who owns a 10-5 record on the season with a 2.71 ERA.
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Cardinals at No. 2 and the Dodgers at No. 17 heading into this contest.
St. Louis won its last outing, a 6-1 result against the Pirates on October 9. Bettors who backed the Cardinals at -162 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. St. Louis looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Pirates, a 6-1 final on Wednesday in support of Adam Wainwright at Busch Stadium.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up St. Louis's No. 3 ranked offense (4.81 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 9.14 hits per game, more than the Dodgers have managed so far this season (8.99 hits on average).
Los Angeles brings the No. 3-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Cardinals's No. 5-ranked defense.
Los Angeles at St. Louis, Saturday, October 12th