Los Angeles Dodgers vs St Louis Cardinals Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 23 (9/23) MLB

Los Angeles Dodgers vs St Louis Cardinals Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 23 (9/23) MLB

 

Odds

Time 9:10 p.m. EST
Dodgers money line -164
Dodgers run line -1.5 (+125)
Cardinals money line +138
Cardinals run line +1.5 (-145)
Over / under 7.5

 

Key stats

  Los Angeles Dodgers  St Louis Cardinals
Record 103-46 70-80
Home / road record 51-20 31-41
Last 10 record 7-3 4-6
Streak L2 W2
Over / under record 64-74-11 67-78-5
Runs / game 5.44 4.40
Runs allowed / game 3.14 4.60

 

Preview

The St Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers will play the 1st game of the series at the Dodger Stadium on Friday. The Cardinals lost their last series against the Padres while the Dodgers beat the Dbacks 3 of 5 times to take the series.

 

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers get here with a 103-46 record and have won 7 of their last 10 games. The team is averaging 5.44 runs per game and they're batting for .263 AVG, 781 runs scored in 1284 hits and 197 home runs, ranking #1 in offense in the league. Mookie Bets leads the team batting for .266 AVG. and 33 home runs. Trea Turner has 96 RBI. 

Defensively they are allowing 3.14 runs per game and rank #1 in the league. Julio Urias leads the team with a 2.30 ERA, 144 strikeouts and 16 wins recorded.

Probable Pitcher:  Andrew Heaney (3-3, 3.06 ERA)

Heaney will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Dodgers. In his last start he pitched only 4 innings but was very effective allowing no runs against the Giants. He has a 0-1 record with an ERA of 11.05 and 6 strikeouts in 2 appearances against the Cardinals in his career.

St Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals get here with a 70-80 record and have lost 5 of their last 7 games. The team is averaging 4.40 runs per game and they're batting for .233 AVG, 638 runs scored in 1101 hits and 162 home runs, ranking #13 in offense in the league behind the Milwaukee Brewers. Christian Walker leads with 32 home runs and 79 RBI and Ketel Marte is batting for .261 AVG. 

Defensively they are allowing 4.60 runs per game and rank #21 in the league. Merrill Kelly leads the team with a 2.94 ERA and 147 strikeouts and 12 wins recorded. He is 4-5 with an ERA of 3.16 and 58 strikeouts in 13 appearances versus the Dodgers in his career.

Probable Pitcher:  Jose Quintana (6-6, 2.91 ERA)

Quintana will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Cardinals. He has been dominant this month allowing no more than 2 runs per game and pitched 8 scoreless innings vs Reds in his last start. He is 3-1 with an ERA of 1.78 and 49 strikeouts in 12 appearances versus the Dodgers in his career.

 

BETTING TRENDS

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis' last 6 games.

St. Louis are 4-10 SU in their last 14 games against LA Dodgers.

St. Louis are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games when playing on the road against LA Dodgers.

LA Dodgers are 10-3 SU in their last 13 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Dodgers' last 5 games at home.

LA Dodgers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing at home against St. Louis.

 

Prediction

The Cardinals have struggled offensively in their last games but finally scored 5 runs in the 5-4 win vs Padres. Jose Quintana will start for the Cards who has been insane in september allowing 2 or less runs in each of his starts. The Dodgers are taking it slow right now as they already clinched the division. Quintana has dominated the Dodgers in his career so expect the Cardinals to steal this win on the road.

PICK: Cardinals ML (+138)

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