MLB Picks: Cardinals vs. Dodgers in NLCS Game 4

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 3:20 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals have struggled offensively through three games of this best-of-seven series, but things may open up in that regard Tuesday.

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB odds for Game 4 of the 2013 NLCS at Dodger Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:07 p.m. ET on TBS.

Abysmal at the plate

St. Louis is fortunate to own a 2-1 advantage in this best-of-seven series, as it comes in with a .134 batting average against Los Angeles in three games, with the UNDER cashing in each of those contests.

The nine combined runs in the series are the fewest ever through three games of a LCS.

The Cardinals are 54-24 in their last 78 games following a loss, which is important to consider when making your pro baseball picks.

Home field advantage

Los Angeles is focused on trying to even this series at two games apiece, as it looks to improve upon its 23-10 mark in its last 33 home games dating back to the regular season.

The home team is 17-16 in umpire Bruce Dreckman’s 33 assignments behind the dish in 2013, with the UNDER going 20-5-1 in his last 26 games involving the Dodgers.

Lynn

Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn earned the victory in the opening game of this series, as he tossed two shutout innings of relief in that appearance, but he did suffer a 7-1 home loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in his lone postseason start on Oct. 4.

The right-hander went 6-7 with a 5.15 ERA in 17 road games during the regular season—allowing opponents to hit .266 against him. 

In three lifetime outings versus the Dodgers, Lynn has compiled a 2-0 record and 2.50 ERA.

Nolasco 

Dodgers starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco hasn’t been seen on an MLB mound since Sept. 29, which could prove troublesome in a pressure situation, especially since he’s 3-4 with a 3.84 ERA in 11 career games versus the Cardinals.

The right-hander compiled a 2-2 record and 6.66 ERA in six outings (five starts) last month.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total with their MLB picks,, as the OVER is 5-0 in Nolasco’s last five starts overall.

MLB Pick:  Over 7

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