Dodgers at Cardinals - 10/7/14 2014 NLDS Pick, Odds, Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (94-68) at St. Louis Cardinals (90-72)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 3:33 pm (Busch Stadium)
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The Line: St. Louis Cardinals / Los Angeles Dodgers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals will play game four of the NLDS Tuesday at Busch Stadium.
For the second straight time, the Los Angeles Dodgers high profile offense was held to three or less runs. In the game three loss, the Dodgers struck out 10 times, left seven guys on base and didn’t get a single hit for their three and four hitters. The Dodgers aren’t held to three or less runs very often, but they’ve lost seven of their last nine games when they have been. Hanley Ramirez is doing what he can to lead the way with six hits in this series, but Yasiel Puig has struck out eight times in the first three games and has now gone four straight games with at least one strikeout. The good news for the Los Angeles Dodgers is that their pitching staff has allowed just five runs in the last two games. Taking the mound Tuesday for LA will be Clayton Kershaw, who is 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA and has 239 strikeouts in 198.1 innings. Kershaw pitched in game one and allowed eight earned runs in 6.2 innings and struck out 10 batters.
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The St. Louis Cardinals pitching continues to keep them in games, as they’ve allowed three or less runs in 10 of their last 16 games. The Cardinals have won 14 of their last 18 games when they’ve allowed three or fewer runs. What’s probably the most impressive feat of all is that the Cardinals have struck out the Dodgers hitters 21 times in the last two games. Offensively, Matt Carpenter has homered in each game of this series and has seven RBIs, while Yadier Molina has three hits and two runs in this series. It hasn’t all been pretty for the St. Louis Cardinals, but they continue to find ways to win and the experience has shown the past couple of games. Taking the hill for St. Louis is Shelby Miller, who is 10-9 with a 3.74 ERA and has 127 strikeouts in 183 innings. In the postseason, Miller is 0-0 with a 6.23 ERA and has five strikeouts in 4.1 innings.
The Dodgers are 6-0 in their last 6 during game 4 of a series, 39-16 in Kershaws last 55 road starts and 37-14 in Kershaws last 51 starts overall. The Cardinals are 5-13 in their last 18 during game 4 of a series, 6-2 in their last 8 playoff home games and 4-1 in Millers last 5 starts overall. The Dodgers are 2-6 in Kershaws last 8 starts vs. Cardinals.
Kershaw can't get rocked by the same team twice in one series, can he? I don't love the chalk but it's hard to go against the best pitcher in baseball in a must win game.