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Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates as he runs the bases after hitting a home run against Miles Mikolas of the St. Louis Cardinals, and we offer our top Cardinals vs. Dodgers player props based on the best MLB odds.
Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates as he runs the bases after hitting a home run against Miles Mikolas of the St. Louis Cardinals. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images via AFP.

Following an extra-innings thriller on Saturday, two division favorites will square off in Los Angeles once again, and we're offering our top Cardinals vs. Dodgers player props based on the best MLB odds.

In a ninth inning fit for the World Series odds favorites, the Los Angeles Dodgers scored two runs in the final frame to send the game to extras against the St. Louis Cardinals. However, the Dodgers fell just short of completing the comeback.

Los Angeles and its trio of MLB MVP odds contenders - or, as they're aptly known, "MV3" - will look for revenge on Sunday at Dodger Stadium. First pitch is expected to be at 7:10 p.m. ET for ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball."

The Dodgers have started the campaign with a 3-2 record after Saturday night's loss, which is somewhat underwhelming compared to what people expect of this ballclub.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals finally strung some hits together on Saturday after scoring a combined four runs in the first two games of this series.

Can the underdogs steal another one to split the four-game set, or will L.A. dominate on prime time?

Along with our Shohei Ohtani player props, here are our best Cardinals vs. Dodgers player prop prediction and MLB picks (odds via our best MLB betting sites; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

Cardinals vs. Dodgers game info & odds

  • When: Sunday, March 31
  • First pitch: 7:10 p.m. ET
  • Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, Cal.
  • How to watch: ESPN
  • Favorite: Dodgers (-160 via Betway)

Cardinals vs. Dodgers player props

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Cardinals vs. Dodgers prediction

Steven Matz Under 5.5 strikeouts (-165 via Betway) ⭐⭐⭐

Outside of roughly 80 innings in 2020 and 2022, Cardinals left-hander Steven Matz has never been known as an especially proficient strikeout pitcher. He's averaged 8.64 strikeouts per nine innings for his career, and he was around that number last season for the Cardinals.

The Dodgers were one of the better teams in the majors in 2023 at avoiding strikeouts, sitting inside the top 10 with a 21.5% K rate. Thus far, they've limited St. Louis starting pitchers to only 14 punchouts in the first three games, with all three hurlers failing to exceed this number.

When we take the average from three trusted projection models, Matz is projected to record only 4.59 strikeouts on Sunday, well below the six he'd need to clear this total. When we run that projection against these odds at Betway, we get roughly 8% positive expected value on this bet.

Mookie Betts Over 1.5 total bases (-105 via Betway) ⭐⭐⭐

To the surprise of very few, Mookie Betts has been the best player in baseball during the first week of action. He's mashed four home runs in five games and owns a .611 average and an outrageous .720 on-base percentage. 

Additionally, Betts averaged a home run around every 10 at-bats against left-handers last season, managing 14 doubles to go with his 14 long balls in 150 ABs vs. southpaws.

The fact that Betts is trading at minus money to go Over 1.5 total bases after only five games is truly absurd. However, the more absurd part is that we're still getting great value with this price at Betway.

Based on Betts' projections from two separate models, we're getting better than 10% +EV on this bet.

Also, beyond the value, it's just fun to bet on a player as good as Betts when he's this hot.

Teoscar Hernandez Over 0.5 total bases (-175 via Betway) ⭐⭐⭐

Dodgers offseason addition Teoscar Hernandez hasn't been quite as good as Betts so far, but he's also off to a relatively strong start.

Hernandez has two homers of his own through five games, and he's managed a .823 OPS despite a whopping 50% strikeout rate.

Similar to Betts, Hernandez crushed left-handed pitching last year. In fact, the outfielder has tormented southpaws for his entire career, managing a far better batting average and a home run almost every 10 at-bats against them across the last three seasons. Both of his long balls this season came against left-handers, too.

These odds at Betway are the best across any of our best sports betting sites, and based on Hernandez's projections, we're getting nearly 20% +EV on this bet.

Cardinals-Dodgers player props made Sunday at 9 a.m. ET.

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