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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 8/5/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers
Date & Time Monday August 5, 2019, 10:10 PM (EDT)
Dodger Stadium
Los Angeles, CA
The Line
Los Angeles Dodgers -175 / St. Louis Cardinals +145 -- O/U:
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The St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers meet in game one of a three game set in MLB action from Dodger Stadium on Monday night.

The St. Louis Cardinals could use a win after losing five of their last seven games following a sweep at the hands of Oakland over the weekend, dropping Sunday’s series finale by a final score of 4-2. Paul DeJong had a solo home run while Kolten Wong added an RBI of his own to round out the Cardinals’ scoring as a team in the loss. Matt Carpenter, Tommy Edman and Andrew Knizner each had a base hit to cap off St. Louis’ offense as a team in the defeat. Adam Wainwright took the loss, falling to 7-8 on the year after allowing three runs on six hits while walking three and striking out seven over 5.1 innings of work. Michael Wacha will start game one and is 6-4 with a 5.15 ERA and 69 strikeouts this season. In his career, Wacha is 1-4 with a 6.75 ERA and 30 strikeouts against the Dodgers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to keep their momentum going after winning their series against the Padres over the weekend, rallying for an 11-10 win in Sunday’s series finale. Max Muncy went 4 for 5 with a home run, a pair of doubles and three RBIs while A.J. Pollock, Matt Beaty, Kristopher Negron and Russell Martin each had two RBIs with Pollock going 2 for 3 with a double and a home run, Martin hitting a homer and Beaty adding a double of his own to round out the Dodgers’ scoring as a team in the win. Joc Pederson had a double while Alex Verdugo added a base hit of his own to finish off L.A.’s scoring as a team in the victory. Kenta Maeda allowed five runs on five hits while striking out four over 2.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Pedro Baez picked up the win in relief to improve to 6-2 on the year. Tony Gonsolin will start game one and is 0-1 with a 5.62 ERA and 6 strikeouts this season. This will be Gonsolin’s first career start against St. Louis.

St. Louis is 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 series opening matchups while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the NL West. Los Angeles is 39-13 in their last 52 home games and 19-7 in their last 26 games against the NL Central while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. St. Louis is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Los Angeles.

The plus money with St. Louis is tempting considering that the Cardinals are in dire need of wins in to keep pace in the division hunt, and St. Louis is a pretty good team that’s had success against the Dodgers lately. However, Wacha was taken out of the rotation for a reason, as the stuff just hasn’t been there this season. Wacha has also been whacked around by the Dodgers in his career, which includes giving up seven runs in 3.2 innings of work earlier this season and that start came at home. Gonsolin has a rocky first career start, but he bounced back with four solid innings of relief last time out. The Dodgers are also riding some momentum after rallying to beat the Padres on Sunday, so I’ll side with the Dodgers and lay the juice on Monday.

Los Angeles Dodgers -175

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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