Thursday night baseball and we will see the St Louis Cardinals travel to Chavez Ravine to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Free Pick to follow. First pitch is scheduled for a 10:10 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised on the locally.
Over/ Under: 7 O -120
This is game 1 of a 4 game series between these National League foes. The Cards continue to roll after taking a 7-4 decision over the Brewers at home yesterday. St Louis is the best team in baseball with a 35-18 record and they have a nice 6 game lead over the Pirates in the NL Central. The LA Dodgers come off series vs the Rockies, in which they split 4 games. Last night was a particularly tough loss as the led the game 6-4 in the bottom of the 9th, but the Rockies scored 3 runs in that inning to win 7-6. On the year the Dodgers are 31-22 and lead the NL West by 2 games over the Giants. LA has been strong at home, where they are 21-7 on the year.
The Cardinals rank 17th in scoring (4.09 rpg), 5th in hitting (.267) and 26th in homers (40), while on the mound they are 1st in ERA (2.67) and 8th in WHIP (1.23).
The Dodgers rank 7th in scoring (4.50 rpg), 14th in hitting (.258) and 11th in homers (37), while on the mound they are 14th in ERA (4.02) and 11th in WHIP (1.25).
Getting the ball for the Cardinals tonight will be Michael Wacha who is 7-1 with a 2.27 ERA in 10 starts this year, while on the road he has gone 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA in 6 starts. Michael is 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA in 1 career start vs the Dodgers.
Taking the hill for the Dodgers tonight will be Carlos Frias, who has gone 3-2 with a 4.59 ERA in 6 starts this year, while at home he is 1-1 with a 7.46 ERA in 3 home starts. Carlos has 1 career start vs the Cards, which he won, allowing 0 ERs in 7 innings of that game.
Pick: I am going with the Dodgers in this one. They are off a bad loss last night, but coming home they should right the ship. The Dodgers are 21-17 at home for the year, while the Cards have just a 13-11 mark on the road. The Cards do have the edge on the mound, but I feel the dodgers offense is better right now that the Cards offense and that should be the difference in this one.
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