- Cardinals Falling Behind in NL Central
- Slugging is Dodgers’ Saving Grace
- Cardinals vs Dodgers Game Injuries
- Cardinals vs Dodgers Head-to-Head
- Cardinals vs Dodgers Game Information
- Cardinals vs Dodgers Betting Lines
- Cardinals vs Dodgers Picks and Prediction
- Cardinals vs Dodgers Trends
- Cardinals vs Dodgers Edge
- Cardinals vs Dodgers Results
- Cardinals vs Dodgers Game Summary
The Los Angeles Dodgers (14-13) coasted against the St. Louis Cardinals (10-17) on Friday with a 7-3 win. On Saturday, the two will meet for game two of the three-game series on prime-time television. St. Louis hopes to get back on track after losing four of the last five games. Los Angeles looks to start another winning streak after snapping its two-game skid with Friday’s win.
Saturday night will feature left-handed starting pitchers. Jordan Montgomery (2-3, 3.81 ERA) will start for the Cardinals, and the Dodger’s Clayton Kershaw (4-1, 2.32 ERA) makes his sixth start of the season. According to MLB lines, St. Louis will be the underdog in its sixth consecutive game (+130).
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Cardinals Falling Behind in NL Central
Heading into the season, the Cardinals were the favorites in MLB betting to win the National League Central. After a rough start, they are last in the divisional standings and are now the second choice (+275). St. Louis’ odds could keep dropping, as the Pittsburgh Pirates are still far behind in the sportsbook’s odds to win the Central despite holding the second-best record in baseball at 18-8.
So what has gone wrong for the Cards? Pitching has been a major problem. They rank 28th in opponent batting average, 22nd in opponent runs per game, and 27th in opponent hits per game. St. Louis’ starting bullpen has struggled at times. Adam Wainwright’s absence with a groin injury has been a factor. The three-time All-Star has yet to make his debut and will likely return in the upcoming week. Montgomery has been one of the best pitchers in the rotation with a 3.81 ERA and 1.271 WHIP.
Slugging is Dodgers’ Saving Grace
Los Angeles is also off to a slow start, ranking 26th in batting average and 22nd in opponent batting average. MLB odds have the Dodgers tied with the New York Yankees as the third choice to win the World Series (+850). Is this team truly capable of winning it all?
Los Angeles needs more consistency from its batters. First baseman Freddie Freeman (.302) and catcher Will Smith (.318) are the only players with a batting average in the .300s. It has been a disappointing start for several players, mainly outfielder Mookie Betts. He is hitting only .232, which would be a career low. Designated hitter J.D. Martinez (.250) was also placed on the 10-day injured list with lower back tightness ahead of Friday’s game.
Despite hitting concerns, the Cardinals are a good matchup for the Dodgers. We saw that on Friday, as Los Angeles scored five runs on extra-base hits, including two home runs. Slugging has saved the Dodgers this season. Los Angeles ranks fourth in slugging percentage and second in home runs per game. Meanwhile, St. Louis is 24th in opponent slugging percentage. Taking a home run for the Dodgers in live betting could yield a nice payout.
Miguel Vargas hits his first home run of the year to give the Dodgers a 7-2 lead 💥
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) April 29, 2023
Cardinals vs Dodgers Game Injuries
Cardinals vs Dodgers Head-to-Head
MLB spreads have listed the Cardinals as underdogs against the Dodgers in the last 10 meetings. St. Louis has gone 4-6 during the span but has lost three consecutive games in Los Angeles.
Cardinals vs Dodgers Game Information
- Game: Cardinals (10-17) vs Dodgers (14-13)
- Location: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
- Day/Time: Saturday, April 29, 9:10 p.m. ET
- Cardinals vs Dodgers Live Stream: MLB.tv
Cardinals vs Dodgers Betting Lines
Cardinals vs Dodgers Picks and Prediction
The Cardinals could have their best shot to beat the Dodgers on Saturday. Montgomery has been a solid starter, allowing only one home run in five starts. If Los Angeles is not cranking extra-base hits, it could struggle to score. In addition, Kershaw is dominating as usual. In fact, his .871 WHIP would be Kershaw’s best mark since the 2020 season. We should see good starting pitching, so take the under in online gambling.
Los Angeles is listed at -142 in our Las Vegas MLB lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Dodgers, you have a chance to win $70. St. Louis is +125, offering a chance to win $125 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Dodgers a 58.68% chance to win, with the Cardinals at 44.44%.
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