Saturday night baseball and we will see the LA Dodgers take on the St Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St Louis. Free Pick to follow. First pitch is scheduled for a 7:15 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised on FOX.
Over/ Under: 7.5 -125
This is game 2 of a 3 game series between these National League foes. The Cards had a great outing from John Lackey in their 3-0 game 1 victory last night. The Cards are now 32-16 on the year and lead the NL Central by 6.5 games over the Cubs, plus they have gone a very nice 19-5 at home. The Dodgers have struggled of late as they have lost 6 of their last 10 games and are now a half a game behind the Giants in the NL West.
The Dodgers rank 9th in scoring (4.45 rpg), 7th in hitting (.260) and 2nd in homers (62) while on the mound they are 3rd in ERA (3.23) and 4th in WHIP (1.17). The Dodgers are 40-19 in their last 59 games vs. a right-handed starter and 7-1 in their last 8 during game 2 of a series, but just 1-8 in their last 9 games as an underdog.
St Louis ranks 14th in scoring (4.27 rpg), 4th in hitting (.269) and 23rd in homers (39), while on the mound they are 1st in ERA (2.72) and 10th in WHIP (1.24). The Cards have gone 41-11 in their last 52 home games and 58-19 in their last 77 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400, plus 14-3 in Wacha's last 17 home starts.
Getting the ball for Dodgers tonight will be Carlos Frias, who has gone 3-2 with a 5.24 ERA in 7 games (5 starts) this year. As a starter he is 2-2 with a 5.81 ERA. Carlos has never faced the Cardinals in his career.
Taking the hill for St Louis tonight will be Michael Wacha, who is 7-0 with a 1.87 ERA, while at home he is 2-0 with a 2.33 ERA. Wacha does have an advantage in this game as he has yet to face the Dodgers in his career.
Pick: I will be going with the Cards in this one. Michael Wacha has been outstanding this year as he comes in at 7-0 with a 1.87 ERA, while in his last 3 starts he is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA. The Cards are 9-0 in his starts this year. Carlos Frias has really struggled of late as he is 0-2 with a 7.88 ERA in his last 3 starts. The Cards have the clear edge on the mound, while at the plate they average nearly a rpg more at home than the Dodgers put up on the road. The Dodgers are 15-36 in their last 51 games in this series and I don't expect that record to get any better after this one, especially with Wacha on the mound for the Cards.
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