The St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Tuesday in MLB action at Dodger Stadium on ESPN.
The St. Louis Cardinals need a feel good victory here after losing five of their last eight games. The Cardinals have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won 12 of their last 17 games when scoring more than three runs. Aledmys Diaz leads the Cardinals with 43 hits and 14 RBI while Jedd Gyorko and Yadier Molina have combined for 78 hits and 33 RBI. Lance Lynn gets the ball, and he is 4-2 with a 2.78 ERA and 40 strikeouts this season. Lynn is 3-1 with a 4.35 ERA and 37 strikeouts in his career against the Dodgers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers look to stay hot after winning four of their last five games. The Dodgers have scored 19 runs in their last three games and six or more runs in five straight games. The Los Angeles Dodgers have won 17 of their last 21 games when scoring more than three runs. Justin Turner leads the Dodgers with 53 hits and 17 RBI while Corey Seager and Yasmani Grandal have combined for 85 hits and 44 RBI. Clayton Kershaw gets the ball, and he is 7-2 with a 2.15 ERA and 62 strikeouts this season. Kershaw is 6-5 with a 3.18 ERA and 100 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 9-0 in their last 9 road games, 6-20 in their last 26 games following an off day and 5-1 in Lynns last 6 starts. The Dodgers are 4-1 in their last 5 games following an off day, 62-26 in their last 88 home games and 40-12 in Kershaws last 52 starts. The Dodgers are 3-7 in Kershaws last 10 starts vs. Cardinals, the Cardinals are 5-2 in Lynns last 7 starts vs. Dodgers and the under is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings.
Lynn has been solid this year to the point he’s worth a look with these monster odds, but he has allowed six earned runs in his last 10 innings. Kershaw continues to be Kershaw and is easily the toughest pitcher in baseball to bet against. We’re talking about a pitcher who has allowed three runs in his last 21.1 innings and has a 2.22 ERA at home this season. This Cardinals team also doesn’t have a ton of experience facing Kershaw, so it’s not like they make adjustments to get to him. Add the way the Dodgers are swinging the bats, and this should be a home win ofr LA. Insane juice and all, you just can’t bet against the best pitcher in baseball.
[Copyright By Randy Chambers ]