St. Louis at LA Dodgers MLB Betting Analysis & Pick

Posted by Ted Merrick on May 23, 2017 in

The St. Louis Cardinals (22-19) play in the second game of their midweek series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers (26-19) on Wednesday night. The Cardinals have dropped four of five but knocked off San Francisco on Sunday, 8-3, while the Dodgers have won four of five, including a 6-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday.

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St. Louis at LA Dodgers MLB Betting Analysis & Pick

When: Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 10:10pm ET
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
TV: SNLA, FSMW
Radio: St. Louis / Los Angeles
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: TBA
Pitching Matchup: Mike Leake (4-2, 2.03 ERA) (STL) vs Rich Hill (1-1, 2.77 ERA) (LA)

 

Why should you bet on the Cardinals?

The St. Louis Cardinals have scuffled around the .500 mark this year — but Mike Leake is the bright spot in their rotation, leading the National League in ERA. He has started eight games and earned quality starts in each one, posting a WHIP of 0.99. No Dodger has a career average higher than .250 against him, and six of the Dodger regulars have never gotten a hit off him. The Cardinals need more offensive performances like the one they got out of Matt Carpenter on Sunday; his home run led the way for the Cardinals as they knocked off the Giants.

Why should you put your money on the Dodgers?

Rich Hill makes his second start after returning from the disabled list — and his first in eight days. He has chronic finger blister issues, but he said that the blister did not bother him his first time out. The only Cardinals who has ever faced Hill are Dexter Fowler (1 BB, no average) and Jhonny Peralta (0-2 lifetime). Hitters like rookie Cody Bellinger are pushing the Dodgers up the standings in the National League West as they start to chase down the Colorado Rockies for the lead.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the push that the Dodgers are starting to show, but Leake’s stuff is still some of the most dominant in the National League. I predict a 5-1 win for the visiting Cardinals.