St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 7/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (54-43) at St. Louis Cardinals (50-44)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 22, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
B McCarthy (2-0) (1.69) vs. M Wacha (5-7) (4.44)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -105 / Los Angeles Dodgers -105 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Dodgers look to build on their successful series against the Nationals as they head into St. Louis to face off with the Cardinals.
The Dodgers look to keep moving forward as they travel from DC to St. Louis to start off a weekend set with the Cardinals and they will look to keep the bats hot as they continue their chase for a playoff spot in the National League. Los Angeles has quietly strung together a very nice stretch as they have won six of their last 10 games against some pretty solid competition and now they will turn to Brandon McCarthy who has had a nice season so far and will go head to head with Michael Wacha in the series opener that could have big playoff implications down the line. The Dodgers are coming off a big win yesterday as they pasted Stephen Strasburg for his first loss of the season and they have to be feeling confident heading into Friday’s contest against the Cards.
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St. Louis meanwhile is coming off a nice series at home against the San Diego Padres as they aim to chase down the Cubs in the NL Central and stay afloat in the race for a wild card spot. The Cardinals have been very impressive of late against the National League West of late as they have gone 5-0 in their last five contests and shape up well here against the Dodgers as they have been decent at home once again and will be ready to prove they belong in the conversation as a National League power house. Wacha is 5-7 with a 4.44 ERA this season and hasn’t quote produced up to expectation while his opponent tonight in McCarthy is 2-0 with a 1.69 mark since his return to action and he will look to build on that in a tough spot.
The Dodgers are 6-1 in their last seven Friday games, 5-1 during their last six series openers, and 6-1 in McCarthy’s last seven starts while the Cards are 4-1 in their last five, 5-0 in their last five against the NL West, and 4-1 in their last five home games. This is set up to be a great series but for the opener I think the Dodgers have the edge with McCarthy on the mound.