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Cardinals vs. Dodgers MLB Preview and Best Bet

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Cardinals vs. Dodgers MLB Preview and Best Bet
Carlos Martinez #18 of the St. Louis Cardinals on May 21, 2021 in St Louis, Missouri. Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images/AFP

The world champion Los Angeles Dodgers continue to struggle. The Dodgers lost to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, evening their three-game series at one win apiece. It was the fourth loss in the last five for Los Angeles, while St. Louis remained a half game out in the National League Central division. They play the rubber match at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. Let’s see their MLB odds.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 – 9:10 PM ET at Dodger Stadium

The world champion Los Angeles Dodgers continue to struggle to find consistency. The Dodgers dropped game two of their three game set with the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, evening the series at one game apiece.

The Dodgers have now lost four of five and five of seven following an eight-game hot streak where L.A. appeared to have finally put things together.

The Cardinals, meanwhile, snapped a two-game mini-skid and won for the fifth time in their last seven. St. Louis is now a half game out in the National League Central after holding the top spot for 28 straight days heading into Monday’s loss in the series opener.

These teams go at it again in the rubber match of the series on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Pushing for the Central Lead

The Cardinals were led on Tuesday by pitching and left fielder Tyler O’Neill, who has been on a tear has continued his hot hitting against the Dodgers. He homered in the first game of the series and leads the team with 12 home runs and 25 RBI. That was his fourth homer in the last five games, and he’s done it all while playing through a fractured finger.

The Cardinals got some bad news, when starter and ace Jack Flaherty was placed on the injured list. While he wasn’t scheduled to go in Wednesday’s series finale, his absence will still be felt as it puts more pressure on the St. Louis bullpen. The pen coughed up a lead in Monday’s series opening loss.

St. Louis expects to get reliever Andrew Miller back for Thursday’s series opener against the Reds, but for one more game, the pen will need to muddle through with the guys on hand.

The Cardinals will send Carlos Martinez to the mound on Wednesday. He’s 3-4, 4.22. Over his last six games, he’s posted a 2.82 ERA. In his last start, he flirted with a no-hitter for six innings before giving up three runs in the seventh against Arizona.

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So Close

Wednesday’s 3-2 loss continues a frustrating season for the Dodgers. Mookie Betts had a chance to win the game in the ninth inning but couldn’t deliver. The former MVP is hitting below .250 on the year, and the at bat was a symptom of the Dodgers’ trouble in the clutch this year. Los Angeles has yet to produce a walk-off win after getting two in last year’s 60-game season and 12 the season before. The Dodgers are also 7-13 in one-run games on the year.

Injuries have been a problem, and Cody Bellinger, back this weekend after an injury that kept him out since April 5, was a scratch from Wednesday’s lineup after going 0-for-10 in his three games back. He did enter the game as a pinch hitter and got his first hit in almost two months.

The Dodgers will send Walker Buehler to the mound. He’s 3-0, 2.66 on the year and has gone at least six innings in every start this year. He’s given up a total of just two earned runs in the last three starts, spanning 20 innings and has given up two earned runs or fewer in eight of his 10 starts this season.

Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 11, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Michael Owens/Getty Images/AFP

The Pick

The Cardinals and Dodgers have been evenly matched this series and this season. The Dodgers appear to have more talent on paper but injures and struggles in the clutch have helped to even things up on the field. Walker Buehler gives Los Angeles its best chance to win, but he’s not perfect, and it’s hard to make a case that he’s worth the expensive price the money line has put on his start. For our MLB picks, we’ll take the Cardinals in a huge bargain.

MLB Pick: Cardinals (+200) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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*The pick reflects the line at the moment the writer made the play, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. Since the lines might vary, don’t forget to refer back to our live odds.