MLB Picks: Cardinals vs. Dodgers NLCS Game 5

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 11:28 AM GMT

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 11:28 AM GMT

The Los Angeles Dodgers are a single defeat away from being eliminated, but they’ve got one of their best pitchers lined up against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday. What kind of numbers are sportsbooks offering up for tonight's game?

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for Game 5 of the 2013 NLCS at Dodger Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 4:07 p.m. ET on TBS.

In control

St. Louis owns a 3-1 lead in this best-of-seven series, as it picked up a 4-2 victory over Los Angeles as +123 road underdogs Tuesday night, while going UNDER the betting total for a fourth consecutive contest.

The Cardinals blew the same type of advantage last year against the San Francisco Giants, which is important to consider due to their 1-4 record in their last five road games in LCS play.

Win or go home

Los Angeles has a good chance of pushing this series to a decisive Game 7, as it has two of the best pitchers in baseball scheduled to start the next two contests.

The Dodgers can only make this happen if they do a better job offensively with runners in scoring position, as they’ve hit for a .182 average in that situation against the Cardinals.

MLB handicappers will need to keep a close eye on the starting lineup, with shortstop Hanley Ramirez being listed as questionable with a rib injury.

Kelly

Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly hasn’t earned a decision in his two postseason starts, as he’s allowed five runs (four earned) and 11 hits over 11.1 combined innings against the Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates.

The right-hander compiled a 5-1 record and 2.07 ERA in 19 road games (seven starts) during the regular season.

In four career regular-season starts versus the Dodgers, Kelly compiled a 1-1 record and 3.72 ERA.

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Greinke

Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke has watched the club drop his first two playoff starts, but he’s allowed just four runs and eight hits over 14 combined frames over that span.

The right-hander went 8-2 with a 2.11 ERA in 14 home outings during the regular season, issuing 16 walks and striking out 84 batters in 93.2 combined innings.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Dodgers for their MLB picks, as the home team is 23-11 in umpire Ted Barrett’s 34 home plate assignments in 2013.

MLB Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers

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