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L.A. Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals Prediction and Betting Odds

L.A. Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals Prediction and Betting Odds. The 28-18 L.A. Dodgers are set to take on the 31-16 St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri tonight May 29, 2015, first pitch is scheduled 8:15 PM

Wagering Odds

Moneylines: Dodgers +100 / Cardinals -120
O/U: 8 runs

Pitching Match Up
Los Angeles: Mike Bolsinger (3-0, 0.71 ERA)
St. Louis: John Lackey (2-3, 3.18 ERA)

In their last games: The Dodgers lost to the Atlanta Braves 3-2 and the Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3.

The Dodgers go into St. Louis in the first game of a 3 game series. The 3-0 Mike Bolsinger goes for the Dodgers and the 2-3 John Lackey goes for the Cardinals. The Cardinals open at -120 with a line sitting at 8 runs. This is a match up of 2 first place teams, as the Cardinals are in first place in the NL Central 5.5 games up on the Cubs and the Dodgers are in first in the NL West ½ game up on the Giants. The Cardinals have won 4 straight and they have the best record in the Majors. They have been solid at the plate on the season ranking 14th in runs scored, but their strength is their pitching staff, which has the best team ERA. The Dodgers are 5-5 in their last 10 games and while they are in first place in their division and have the most home wins in baseball they are 4-games under .500 on the road. They are also a balanced team that rank 10th in runs scored and 3rd in team ERA.


Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

In the last 8 games between these 2 teams the total has gone Under 6 times.

The Cardinals are 5-2 in their last 7 games against the Dodgers.

The Cardinals are 42-18 in their last 60 home games against the Dodgers.

This season the Cardinals are 18-5 at home and the Dodgers are 7-11 on the road.


L.A. Dodgers: 28-18 SU / O/U 26-18 / Run Line W/L 23-23
St. Louis Cardinals: 31-16 SU / O/U 19-26 / Run Line W/L 28-19

L.A. at St. Louis Key Betting Trends

• LA is 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
• LA is 0-5 in their last 5 games as a road underdog.
• LA has an Under record of 7-3 in their last 10 games.
• STL is 4-0 in their last 4 overall.
• STL is 40-11 in their last 51 home games.
• STL has an Under record of 5-1-1 in their last 7 games.

Key Player Injuries


[P] 04/28/2015 – Brandon McCarthy 60-day DL (4/26), out for season ( Elbow )
[LF] 04/28/2015 – Carl Crawford 15-day DL (4/27) ( Oblique )
[P] 04/27/2015 – Joel Peralta 15-day DL (4/24) ( Arm )
(!)[RF] 04/26/2015 – Yasiel Puig 15-day DL (4/25) ( Hamstring )
[P] 04/26/2015 – Brandon League 60-day DL (3/27) ( Shoulder )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Hyun-Jin Ryu 60-day DL (3/27) ( Shoulder )
[P] 05/15/2015 – Pedro Baez 15-day DL (5/14) ( Pectoral )
[P] 04/04/2015 – Brandon Beachy 60-day DL (2/23) ( Elbow )


[1B] 05/27/2015 – Matt Adams 15-day DL (05/26) ( Quad )
[P] 05/03/2015 – Jordan Walden 15-day DL (4/30) ( Bicep )
[CF] 05/14/2015 – Jon Jay 15-day DL (5/10) ( Wrist )
[P] 04/28/2015 – Adam Wainwright 15-day DL (4/25); out for season ( Achilles )
[LF] 04/04/2015 – Tommy Pham 60-day DL (3/27) ( Quad )

MLB Pick

While Clayton Kershaw and Zach Greinke are the big guns of the Dodgers staff Mike Bolsinger has been their Ace as of late. The Dodgers have won their last 3 games with him on the mound and he has not given up a run in the last 18 2/3 innings. However, his last 3 starts have been at home and the lone loss for the Dodgers with him getting the start was on the road. In the last 2 seasons he is 1-5 with an ERA of 5.75 in 7 road starts. John Lackey went 5 innings and gave up 3 earned runs in his last start in a 3-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals. The Cardinals have lost their last 3 games when he has gotten the start. Lackey is 6-3 with an ERA of 1.89 in his 11 career starts against the Dodgers and he went 7 innings and only gave up 1 earned run in winning Game 3 of the NLDS last season.

The Cardinals have eliminated the Dodgers in the last 2 seasons in the playoffs, but they will get a little revenge tonight handing the Cardinals a rare home loss. Even on the road Bolsinger will have a good outing and the Dodgers’ bats will get to Lackey and L.A. will take the first game of this series.

Take the DODGERS

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