St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free Pick- 8/5/13
2013-08-05 06:05:00 EDT
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers face off on Monday in St. Louis in a battle that could be a post-season preview.
The St. Louis Cardinals had a rough road trip but they finished it on a high note taking two of three from the Reds in Cincinnati and now they are home to take on the red hot Dodgers. The Cardinals are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 32-17 at home this season, and they are 1.5 games back in the NL Central. As a team the Cardinals are hitting .273 with Allen Craig hitting .321, Matt Carpenter hitting .304, and Carlos Beltran hitting .302. The Cardinals pitching staff has a 3.45 ERA with the starters at 3.34 and the bullpen at 3.72. For game one against the Dodgers the Cardinals start Adam Wainwright who has the second best EA of his career. For the season Wainwright has allowed 156 hits and 49 earned runs while striking out 151 over 168.2 innings for a 13-6 record and a 2.61 ERA.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are simply red hot as they have gone from last place to first place in the National League West. The Dodgers are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 29-24 on the road this season, and they have a 4.5 game lead in the division. As a team the Dodgers are hitting .266 with Yasiel Puig hitting .376, Hanley Ramirez hitting .361, and Adrian Gonzalez hitting .297. The Dodgers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.45 with the starters at 3.34 and the bullpen at 3.72. For game one against the Cardinals the Dodgers start Zack Greinke who has two no decisions and a loss in his last two starts. For the season Greinke has allowed 98 hits and 40 earned runs while striking out 82 over 105 innings for a 8-3 record and a 3.43 ERA.
St. Louis is 4-13 in their last 17 games against a team with a winning record, 64-30 in their last 94 home games, and 13-6 in Wainwright’s last 19 home starts. Los Angeles is 7-0 against the NL Central, 11-2 against a team with a winning record, and 36-16 in their last 52 games. Los Angeles is 3-7 in the last 10 meetings of these two.
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This one should belong to the pitchers and it should have a playoff feel and my free pick here is the under. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that winning pick in the Premium Area.