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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Pick-Odds-Prediction - 7/18/14

Los Angeles Dodgers (54-43) at St. Louis Cardinals (52-44)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

Dan Haren (R) (8-6) (4.234) vs. Pitcher TBA () (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -115 / Los Angeles Dodgers +105 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Midwest

The Los Angeles Dodgers visit the St Louis Cardinals for a weekend set at Busch Stadium beginning Friday.

Los Angeles might be leading the National League West at the All Star break but in my eyes it's really a tie with San Francisco right now with things being ultra tight. That's a good thing however as the Giants roared out to an early lead in the West before the guys in blue played steady baseball over the last several weeks to chip away at the slumping Giants lead and overtake them. The LAD have the ability to win on tound and at the plate and we are all wondering if they are poised to go on another second half run similar to the one we saw in 2013. Dan Haren gets the start Friday at Busch Stadium where he faces the Cardinals for the first time in 2014. Haren has struggled the last two times out with 12 runs plated on 16 hits over 9.1 innings.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers  MLB Pick-Odds-Prediction - 7/18/14

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I'd say the Cardinals had a very successful first half of 2014 where they trail Milwaukee in the National League Central but for me again I say it's basically tied up with things so close and so much baseball is left to be played. The Brewers looked like they were going to run away with the division but seemed to slow as the Redbirds picked up steam with the momentum clearly on their side. The Cards have one of the more dangerous lineups in the business so with some consistent scoring and steady pitching the Central will be tough to wrestle away from the defending NL Central champs. Lance Lynn opens the series on the mound versus the Dodgers. Lynn has been a steady member of the rotation with a 10-6 record and 3.14 ERA.

I don't think their is a world of difference on the mound but Lynn has been very effective. For some reason I still don't completely trust him...

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St Louis -115

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