Los Angeles Dodgers (86-51) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (69-66)
September 7, 2021 7:45 pm EDT
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals +140 / Los Angeles Dodgers -185; Over/Under: +9
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals meet Tuesday in MLB action from Busch Stadium. This will be the second installment in a four-game series. In the Monday opener, the Dodgers posted a four-run victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Los Angeles played the Giants over the weekend, winning Saturday but dropping the other two games in the series. In the opener Monday versus St. Louis, the Dodgers jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings and cruised from there for a 5-1 win. Max Scherzer put up 8.0 innings with six hits, no earned and 13 Ks.
The Dodgers are sending out Corey Knebel for the start on Tuesday. This year Knebel is 3-0 with a 3.12 ERA and 19 strikeouts.
Over on the Cardinals’ side, they got a win over the Brewers on Friday but then lost the two weekend games. In the Monday game versus LA, St. Louis couldn’t get any offense going on six hits. Miles Mikolas lasted 5.0 frames with five hits, two walks and four earned runs.
Starting pitcher for the Cardinals on Tuesday will be JA Happ. Over his 127.2 innings this year Happ has an 8-7 record with a 6.20 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 25 starts.
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The Dodgers are 46-14 in their last 60 in game two of a series and 41-15 in their last 56 Tuesday games. LA is 25-10 in their last 35 versus a team with a winning record and 37-15 in their last 52 versus the NL Central.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 15-7 in their last 22 at home with a total of 7.0-8.5 and the under is 5-0 in their last five Tuesday games. The under is 3-1-1 in St. Louis’ last five in game two of a series and 7-3 in their last 10 versus the NL West.
PICK: I’m going to take a stab on the Cardinals. That’s somewhat dependent on Happ having a bounce-back start, though. He’s coming off an ugly outing versus Cincinnati, lasting just one inning with eight hits, two walks and seven earned runs. Happ had a couple of good starts going before that though, with 11.2 innings, nine hits, four walks and four earned. If he can post something near a quality start here I think St. Louis has a good shot at a win.