Take The Home Underdog When Betting On Cardinals vs Dodgers

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, July 23, 2016 4:15 PM UTC

Saturday, Jul. 23, 2016 4:15 PM UTC

Our professional MLB handicapper provides a betting preview on today’s Dodgers and Cardinals game. Go inside to read this highly informative article culminated with a MLB pick.

The Dodgers and Cardinals will partake in the second of a three game weekend series on Saturday. The opening pitch from Busch Stadium in St. Louis is slated for 7:15 PM ET. Current MLB betting odds at Matchbook has the Dodgers as a -124 money line favorite, and the listed total is 8.0.

These teams have gone 8-1 under the total during nine games played against one another at St. Louis since 2014, and the Cardinals won seven of those meetings. They’re coming off a marathon 16-inning affair last night won by St. Louis 4-3. Each club’s bullpen was severely taxed as a result. Dodgers relievers logged 9.0 innings of work, and the St. Louis bullpen required 10.0 innings.

Starting Pitchers
Kent Maeda will make his first career start against St. Louis in Saturday. It’s been a bumpy road for Maeda over his previous three starts marked by two less than desirable outings, and it’s reflected by his lofty 5.87 ERA over that time period. It’s also worth noting, Maeda hasn’t made it beyond 7.0 innings in any of his 19 starts this season, completed 7.0 innings of work just once, and that lone accomplishment occurred way back on 4/17. Considering the Dodgers bullpen will be in need of some rest today, they’ll look to stretch out Maeda’s outing, and it can potentially leave their rookie hurler vulnerable.    

Mike Leake has been brilliant in his last two starts, compiling an excellent 1.38 ERA, and struck out 21 while walking none. Leake has made three starts against the Dodgers since 2015, and collected an imposing 1.23 ERA.

Final Thoughts and Pick
These is a rare three cent money line today. Despite the Dodgers being at -124, St. Louis is listed at +121. Los Angeles has gone a miserable 8-20 (.286) this year when their -125 to +125 on the money line.

I’ve already touched upon the Cardinals coming out on top 4-3 last night. Since 2015, St. Louis is a stellar 29-10 (.744) at home following a win by 2 runs or less. The Dodgers Kent Maeda enters today with a more than respectable 3.25 ERA in 19 starts this year. Nevertheless, St. Louis is a very profitable 38-19 (.667) since 2015 when facing a National League starting pitcher with an ERA of 3.50 or less.

St. Louis had a depressing first half of the season at home. Nonetheless, they’ve reeled off 5 wins in a row on this current home stand. I’ll have a small lean on the home underdog in this game for one of my Saturday MLB picks,.

Free MLB Pick:  Cardinals +121
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