MLB Picks: Dodgers & Cardinals to go OVER

Jeff Grant

Thursday, August 8, 2013 1:59 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ offense is clicking on all cylinders after pounding out a season-high 18 hits last night, as they prepare to close out a four-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this National League matchup at Busch Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET.

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Series wins 

Los Angeles hasn’t lost a series since June 14-16, as it picked up a 13-4 blowout victory over St. Louis as +136 road underdogs Wednesday, while going OVER the betting total of 7.5. 

The Dodgers are 11-9 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 this season, with the OVER going 13-6-1 in that situation. 

Falling behind 

St. Louis has dropped 10 of its last 14 games, which has played a big part in falling three games back of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central standings. 

The Cardinals are 3-3 at home with a money line of -100 to -125 during the 2013 campaign, with no edge in terms of the betting total (3-3 Over/Under). 

Ryu 

Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (10-3, 3.15 ERA) enters on a personal four-game winning streak, which includes a 6-2 road victory over the Chicago Cubs last time out, as he allowed two runs and 11 hits over 5.1 innings. 

The left-hander is 5-2 with a 4.52 ERA in 11 road outings, with opposing hitters batting .280 against him. 

Ryu will be facing the Cardinals for the first time in his career.

Martinez 

Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez (0-0, 5.56 ERA) has made 10 relief appearances with the club this season—allowing seven runs and 12 hits over 11.1 combined innings.

The right-hander has given up six runs and seven hits in his first 4.2 career innings at this ballpark.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers place their MLB picks on the games total, as the OVER is 8-0-1 in Ryu’s last nine starts as a road underdog. 

MLB Pick:  Over 8 at Bet365