The Los Angeles Dodgers can’t afford to drop too many more games down the stretch. There are huge playoff implications for this series. The Dodgers are in a dog fight for the NL West and if they miss out on that, they might just end up facing these St. Louis Cardinals for a one game National League wild card match-up. Likely starters for this one are right-hander Walker Buehler (6-5) with a 3.09 ERA for Los Angeles. St. Louis will go with right-hander Jack Flaherty (8-6) with a 2.92 ERA.
Big Playoff Implications in Match-Up for the Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers Walker Buehler will need to come up big in this one and keep the Cardinals bats quiet. But Buehler has struggled on the road this season. In 48.2 innings pitched away from home, he’s allowed 22 earned runs and his ERA 4.07 this season. He’ll look for his sluggers Matt Kemp and Max Muncy to provide him some run support to ease the pressure just a bit for this extremely important match-up. But the Dodgers have really struggled offensively since the All-Star break. They’ve scored 3 runs or fewer 25 times in that span. If Buehler is not on his A game. The Dodgers could be in trouble here.
St. Louis Trying to Hold On to the Wild Card
The St. Louis Cardinals are currently holding on to that second wild card position in the National League. They came from near seller dwellers at the non-waiver trade deadline to contenders a month later. Tonight’s starter Jack Flaherty did not factor into the decision in his last outing which was a 4-3 loss to the Tigers. He gave up three runs, on four hits, and four walks over five innings, while striking out six. Flaherty was impressive in his last outing against the Dodgers back on August 22nd, going six innings, allowing just one run, while striking out ten batters. If he’s pitching like that again the Dodgers can forget about winning this game. The Cards swept the Dodgers in that series and have really been playing great ball lately. Expect Matt Carpenter, the team leader in home runs and Marcell Ozuna, the team leader in RBI, to lead the way for St. Louis Friday night.
- Cardinals are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. National League West.
- Cardinals are 6-1 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Cardinals are 5-1 in their last 6 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Dodgers are 5-13 in their last 18 during game 2 of a series.
- Dodgers are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. National League Central.
- Dodgers are 1-4 in Buehler’s last 5 starts following a team loss in their previous game.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Cards have the better pitcher in this one and have been swinging the bats better than the Dodgers have been as of late. Both teams cannot afford to lose many more games with the season winding down. But losing this one would likely hurt St. Louis a bit more, knowing they are at home. Considering the very strong trend against the NL West and the way St. Louis has played against right handed starters over their last six, the pick is the Cardinals on the moneyline.
Pick: St. Louis Cardinals +118
Prediction: St. Louis Cardinals +118
Full-Game Total Pick
Looking at the way that Dodgers righty Walker Buehler struggles on the road and the way St. Louis has been playing offensively lately they might just cover the total themselves. With just a little help from the Dodgers, this one will easily fly over the total of eight.
Pick: Over 8
Prediction: Over 8