MLB Picks: NLCS Game 2 Dodgers vs. Cardinals

Jeff Grant

Saturday, October 12, 2013 1:38 PM GMT

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 1:38 PM GMT

The St. Louis Cardinals picked up a significant win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in their opening game of a best-of-seven series, as the two teams face a quick turnaround Saturday.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for Game 2 of the 2013 ALCS at Busch Stadium, with the opening pitch scheduled for 4:07 p.m. ET on TBS.

A lot went wrong

There was plenty of blame to go around in the visiting clubhouse Saturday morning, as Los Angeles suffered a 3-2 extra-innings loss to St. Louis as -126 road favorites in Game 1.

The Dodgers left 20 runners on base over 13 innings of action, with outfielder Yasiel Puig leading the way in that dubious category by leaving five stranded due to going hitless in six at-bats.

It’s important to point that the Blue Crew have won six of its last eight games following a loss.

Moved above .500

St. Louis has now compiled a 34-33 all-time record in LCS action, including a 21-11 mark when playing in front of its fans.  

Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran played a key role in last night’s victory, as he picked up his fourth game-winning postseason RBI in his career.

The 2013 NL Central Division champions are 37-15 in their last 52 games at this ballpark.

Kershaw

Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw will likely win the NL Cy Young Award, as he finished the regular season with a dominating 1.83 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.

The left-hander went 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA in two outings versus the Cardinals in 2013, as he allowed six runs and 13 hits over 13 combined frames.

Let's have a look at the NLCS Series Price for our MLB playoff betting~

Wacha

Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha has been brilliant in his last two efforts, as he’s allowed one run and two hits over 16 innings of work over that span, which includes a 2-1 road victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 4 of the NLDS Monday.

The rookie right-hander tallied a 2-1 record and 2.15 ERA in 10 home games (six starts) during the regular season.

Check out our Total Value Play for Saturday!

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Cardinals for their MLB picks, as they’ve won their last seven games as home underdogs. 

Los Angeles is simply overvalued in this spot due to MLB handicappers thinking this is a must-win situation for the road team, while I’m not sure shortstop Hanley Ramirez is up to the task health wise to carry the lineup in this quick turnaround spot. 

MLB Pick: St. Louis Cardinals +128

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