Cardinals vs. Dodgers - 7/24/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (55-44) at St. Louis Cardinals (52-45)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 8:08 pm (Busch Stadium)
S Kazmir (8-3) (4.30) vs. Mike Mayers (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals +105 / Los Angeles Dodgers -115 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals play a rubber game Sunday night on ESPN.
The Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t won back-to-back games since July 9-10. The Dodgers have scored 16 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Dodgers offense has picked up in this series, and they’ve won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Corey Seager leads Los Angeles with 116 hits, Adrian Gonzalez has 47 RBI and Justin Turner has 18 home runs. Scott Kazmir gets the nod, and he’s 8-3 with a 4.30 ERA and 114 strikeouts this season. Kazmir is 2-0 with a 3.20 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
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The St. Louis Cardinals look to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Cardinals have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The St. Louis Cardinals offense has also been hot lately, and they’ve won five straight games when scoring more than three runs. Stephen Piscotty leads St. Louis with 104 hits, Aledmys Diaz has 52 RBI and Matt Carpenter has 14 home runs. Mike Mayers will make his major league debut here when he takes the hill. Mayers was 19-24 with a 3.49 ERA and 273 strikeouts in his minor league career.
The Dodgers are 7-3 in their last 10 during game 3 of a series and 5-0 in Kazmirs last 5 starts. The Cardinals are 19-9 in their last 28 during game 3 of a series and 5-2 in their last 7 Sunday games. The Dodgers are 14-37 in the last 51 meetings in St. Louis.
The Dodgers are hitting the ball well as of late and Kazmir has allowed just four runs in his last three games combined. I'm also not big on backing pitchers making their major league debut. Give me the Dodgers and the cheap price.