MLB Picks: NLCS Game 6 Dodgers vs. Cardinals

Jeff Grant

Friday, October 18, 2013 11:11 AM GMT

The Los Angeles Dodgers will send out the most dominant pitcher in baseball Friday night, as they take on the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Demonstrated some fight

Los Angeles was able to force this best-of-seven series back to Busch Stadium, as it picked up a 6-4 victory over St. Louis as -165 home favorites Wednesday, while going OVER the MLB odds total for the first time in five contests.

The Dodgers are expecting to have outfielder Andre Ethier (shin splints) and shortstop Hanley Ramirez (rib) in the starting lineup, but manager Don Mattingly isn’t sure that both players will be able to play a full nine innings.

It’s important to point out that the club’s bench is just 2-for-18 at the plate through the first five games of this series.

Confident at home

St. Louis remains confident that it’ll earn a trip to the 2013 World Series, as it compiled a dominating 54-27 home record during the regular season, while also winning the first two games of this series in that situation.

The Cardinals are 14-9 since 2000 in potential clinchers during the MLB playoffs, while also going 22-11 in 33 NLCS home games.

Kershaw

Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw hasn’t allowed a run in his last two trips to the mound in this year’s postseason, but he was handed a 1-0 road loss by the Cardinals last time out, as he surrendered a single unearned run and two hits over six innings last Saturday.

The left-hander went 8-3 with a 2.14 ERA in 16 road games during the regular season, surrendering just five home runs in 113.1 combined frames.

Wacha

Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA in two postseason outings, which includes a 1-0 victory over Kershaw, as he gave up just five hits over 6.2 scoreless innings.

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

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Dodgers in the first five innings for their baseball picks, as the Cardinals are hitting .128 against left-handed pitching over their last five games.

MLB Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -130 First Five Innings