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54-43 (24-25 V) Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals 51-44 (24-28 H)
Date: Saturday July 23, 2016
Time: 7:15 PM ET
Venue: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Projected Pitchers: Kenta Maeda vs. Mike Leake
MLB Moneyline Odds: Dodgers -118
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 8
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Both of these teams have their sights set on a return to the playoffs.
L.A. was looking really good a few weeks ago but with Clayton Kershaw’s health a question mark it appears they will have to make a move if they want to compete for the Wild Card, let alone the division.
St. Louis does not have that one glaring hole but they too likely need to be active if they want to be playing in October.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers head into the weekend off a series win over Washington but that doesn’t disguise the fact that this team needs some help.
They definitely could use a bat or two and the pitching is thinner than ideal. Going from Washington to St. Louis is not going to be easy.
They have been getting by relying on Corey Seager and Justin Turner but they need a lot more from Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig.
Gonzo only has seven homers.
Though just a rookie Kenta Maeda has quickly become the ace of the staff with Kershaw on the shelf.
He has proven tough to hit generally but I wonder if the book is out a little bit on the first year import. more than half of the homes hit off him have been in the last month.
Batters might be getting more comfortable and that is not a good thing.
The Dodgers pen has been really good this season.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cards are the second highest scoring team in the Majors but the offense might not be humming this weekend. Matt Holliday just got buzzed in the face by a pitch and Matt Carpenter is still on the disabled list.
Matt Adams can only do so much.
Now that we have covered the Matt’s the truth is you never know who is going to come up big in this Cardinals lineup.
They just plug guys in and they perform. STL should probably have a better record though.
Mike Leake is no ace but he sits right in the middle of the Cards rotation and gives this high scoring team a chance to win every time.
His last two starts have been his best of the season – a combined 13Ip, 12 hits with 21 Ks, his only two double digit K games of the season. He has already beaten the Dodgers once this season.
STL is really mixing and matching in the bullpen and is primed to want to upgrade there.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- STL are 7-2 in their last 9 Sat. games.
- Under is 14-6-1 in STL last 21 home games.
- Under is 20-8 in the last 28 meetings.
Free Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Prediction:
Even though the Cards are a strong hitting team Maeda will be a new challenge to the group.
He has proven to be crafty thus far and not phased by the surroundings in which he is pitching, his home/road splits are pretty even.
I know Leake is generally steady but that does not make him an easy hurler to back. St. Louis is likely a small favourite in this spot and I would normally go for spots where there is more to gain with a hurler of his profile.
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I like the value with the visitors in this one. They are playing good ball on the road and Maeda can deliver a strong outing that lets them use the best guys in their bullpen.
Nice value play.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Los Angeles Dodgers 4 – St. Louis 3
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