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Dodgers vs Cardinals Baseball Game Preview

Los Angeles Dodgers

St. Louis Cardinals
97-75 October 19, 2013, 08:37 PM | Busch Stadium 104-69

The St. Louis Cardinals look to emerge victorious in MLB odds action as the Dodgers arrive at Busch Stadium on Saturday.

For the Cardinals, gets the ball, charged with keeping the Dodgers hitters off the base paths. He'll face , 15-8 on the year.

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

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Cardinals rated this week at No. 2 and the Dodgers sitting at No. 17.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 9-0 loser as they battled the Cardinals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at +122 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Michael Wacha shut down the Dodgers in their last game, striking out 5 in a 9-0 shutout over Los Angeles in baseball action at Busch Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features St. Louis's No. 3-ranked scoring average of 4.77 runs per game, against a Dodgers offense rated No. 17 and scoring 4 runs per game. The Cardinals have averaged 9.07 hits per game to date this season, more than the Dodgers hitters have managed (8.92 per nine innings).

Defensively, Los Angeles features the No. 4-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.63 runs per game. St. Louis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 6 at home, scoring 4.68 runs per game.

A few Dodgers at Cardinals trends to consider:
LA Dodgers is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games
LA Dodgers is 1-5-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
LA Dodgers is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing St. Louis
LA Dodgers is 3-6-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
St. Louis is 13-4-1 SU in its last 18 games
St. Louis is 11-1-1 SU in its last 13 games at home

Next up:
Los Angeles at , Wednesday, December 31st
St. Louis at , Wednesday, December 31st