Cardinals vs. Dodgers - 7/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (54-44) at St. Louis Cardinals (52-44)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 7:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Kenta Maeda (8-7) (3.25) vs. M Leake (7-7) (4.00)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -102 / Los Angeles Dodgers -108 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals play game two of their series Saturday night.
The Los Angeles Dodgers look for consistency after splitting their last six games. The Dodgers have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Dodgers offense has been hit or miss lately, and they’ve won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Corey Seager leads Los Angeles with 115 hits, Adrian Gonzalez has 46 RBI and Justin Turner has 18 home runs. Kenta Maeda gets the nod, and he’s 8-7 with a 3.25 ERA and 112 strikeouts this season. This will be Maeda’s first career game against the Cardinals.
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The St. Louis Cardinals look to build on their five-game winning streak. The Cardinals have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The St. Louis Cardinals offense has got hot recently, and they’ve won five straight games when scoring more than three runs. Aledmys Diaz leads St. Louis with 103 hits, Stephen Piscotty has 56 RBI and Matt Carpenter has 14 home runs. Mike Leake takes the hill, and he’s 7-7 with a 4.00 ERA and 87 strikeouts this season. Leake is 4-4 with a 3.77 ERA and 37 strikeouts in his career against the Dodgers.
The Dodgers are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series and 5-1 in Maedas last 6 starts with 5 days of rest. The Cardinals are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series and 4-0 in Leakes last 4 starts vs. National League West. The Dodgers are 15-36 in the last 51 meetings in St. Louis.
Hard to pick a side with both of these teams being up and down the last month or so... I'm also not high on either of these pitchers. The one constant between these clubs is that the bats remain hot and runs can be scored in bunches. So, I'm going to side with the over on this somewhat low total.