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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/20/14

Los Angeles Dodgers (54-44) at St. Louis Cardinals (53-44)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Busch Stadium)

Clayton Kershaw (L) (11-2) (1.775) vs. Carlos Martinez (R) (2-1) (4.130)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals +165 / Los Angeles Dodgers -175 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals play Sunday night on ESPN.

Just like that, the Dodgers have lost five of their last eight games and are getting little offensive production. The Dodgers have been held to three or less runs in seven straight games. Although the runs aren’t coming in Adrian Gonzalez has hit safely in six of his last nine games and Hanley Ramirez has four hits in his last three games. The Dodgers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.29. Clayton Kershaw takes the mound, and he’s 11-2 with a 1.78 ERA and has 126 strikeouts in 96.1 innings. Kershaw is 5-5 with a 3.43 ERA in 13 career starts against the Cardinals.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/20/14

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The Cardinals have won six of their last eight games and are now 10 games above .500. Of course the Cardinals pitching has led the way, as they’ve allowed three or less runs in five of their last nine games. Overall, the Cardinals have an ERA of 3.40. Offense hasn’t come easy for the Cards, but Matt Holliday has five RBI in this series and Jhonny Peralta has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. Starting is Carlos Martinez, who is 2-4 with a 4.43 ERA and has 57 strikeouts in 63 innings. Martinez is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three career games against the Dodgers.

The Dodgers are 4-0 in Kershaws last 4 road starts and 8-0 in Kershaws last 8 starts overall. The Cardinals are 5-1 in Martinezs last 6 starts and 8-2 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record. The Dodgers are 1-5 in Kershaws last 6 starts vs. Cardinals.

The Cardinals have had success against Kershaw in the past and are playing better baseball at the moment. I'll take the home team and the insane value. 

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St. Louis Cardinals +165

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