Betting Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Betting Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals

The first-place Los Angeles Dodgers will host the St. Louis Cardinals in game two of a three-game set Tuesday night from Dodger Stadium. The Cardinals will give the nod to 30-year-old right-hander Miles Mikolas, and the Dodgers will hand the ball to 31-year-old left-hander Clayton Kershaw. The Cardinals recorded a surprising four-game sweep against the Dodgers in St. Louis back in April.

Miles Mikolas will make his 23rd start of the year in this challenging matchup. Mikolas came through with a stellar outing last time out, holding the Cubs to one run (zero earned) in 5.2 innings, although he received no run support and was tagged with the loss. The 6-foot-5 right-hander is back on track with a Quality Start in three out of his last four outings, and he has improved his ERA to 4.00 to go with a 1.22 WHIP and a 7-11 record in 126 innings of work. Mikolas allowed three runs in six innings in a 4-3 win in his lone tilt against L.A. this season, and he has squandered five runs (four earned) in 4.1 career innings against the Dodgers. Cody Bellinger is 0 for 2 against Mikolas, while Corey Seager is 2 for 3, and Alex Verdugo is 0 for 3.

The Cardinals are looking good in the battle for a playoff position, currently holding onto the first Wildcard spot ahead of the Phillies and Nationals, and they are only 1.5 games back of the Cubs for 1st place in the Central.

Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw will take the mound for the 20th time of the season, hunting for his third straight win. Kershaw was solid in his previous start, limiting the Padres to only two runs in six innings in an 8-2 victory. The 11-year veteran southpaw continues to excel, allowing two or fewer runs in five straight performances, and he has bolstered his ERA to 2.85 paired with a 1.06 WHIP and a 10-2 record in 123 innings of action. Kershaw has yet to face the Cardinals this season, and he is sporting a 7-5 record and a solid 3.07 ERA in 17 career meetings. Matt Carpenter is 7 for 26 against Kershaw, while Paul Goldschmidt is 12 for 54, and Marcell Ozuna is 2 for 11.

The Dodgers stand fourth in the big leagues with an average of 5.44 runs on the year. The Los Angeles pitching staff leads all of baseball with a stellar 3.42 team ERA. The Dodgers feature a 43-15 record at Dodger Stadium.

 

My free pick goes to Los Angeles -181

 

 

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