Dodgers vs Cardinals Series Preview: Cardinals Looking to Make Statement Against Dodgers
Dodgers Killing IT, Cardinals No Chumps
Dodgers vs Cardinals series preview starts with the Dodgers opening line as a -140 favorite with the total set at 8.5 over -120. Los Angeles is 49-26 (65.33%) as a favorite of -140 or more while the Cardinals are just 6-17 (26.09%) when receiving +115 or better. (opening lines)
The Los Angeles Dodgers have some breathing room in the National League West over the San Diego Padres, but it’s an advantage for the Cardinals when these teams meet up at Busch Stadium, where the Cardinals have won 7 of 9 in the series. The Cards will stay in the race all season behind a reliable pitching staff in addition to being one of the best baserunning teams in the league. The under is 40-19-1 (67.80%) in their last 60 meetings.
- Game: Los Angeles Dodgers (56-29) at St. Louis Cardinals (47-42)
- Location: Busch Stadium
- Television: SNLA, BSMW, TBS
Dodgers Top MLB Power Rankings
It’s incredible what the Dodgers have been able to do considering the names on the MLB injury report. Everyone from player Walker Buehler (elbow) to Dustin May would have made this team even better than their 56-29 record.
MLB injury reports rarely tell the entire story, and this team is abundantly blessed with depth and talent. In addition, Mookie Betts is trying to play through a rib injury. At this point in the season, the St. Louis Cardinals’ odds to represent the National League aren’t nearly as promising as the banged-up Dodgers.
No matter how you look at it statistically, Los Angeles has the edge except for that nagging nugget of failing to show their dominance in St. Louis. The Dodgers are now 57-29 (+164 units) against the National League Central going back three seasons but just 7-7 against St. Louis (-289 units).
On the road against the NL Central, Los Angeles is 24-19 but despite a winning record, they’ve been a losing wager (-503 units). This makes baseball betting difficult, you have to set boundaries for what games you’re willing to bet on because -150 and above has shown to be a losing proposition even if the wins/loss records indicate you should be a winner. The opening number of this series is a safe investment and exactly why a great Dodgers vs Cardinals Series Preview is an important read.
MLB Injury Report Kinder to the Cardinals
There is no comparison to what the Dodgers have had to overcome but the red birds have a few names that they’d like back in the line-up. Yadier Molina (right knee inflammation) does not have a timetable for his return; while Jack Flaherty (right shoulder strain) has moved to the 60-day IL., he is expected to pitch again this season. Harrison Bader (plantar fasciitis) should be back after the All-Star break, giving the Cardinals a needed boost. St. Louis’ record with Bader in the line-up is noticeably better.
When handicapping baseball there are important factors to remember such as, how teams are performing against teams playing .600 ball or better. St. Louis has won 5 of 6 against the better teams in the league, including five straight against the National League West, making the St. Louis Cardinals’ odds for success against the Dodgers a good bet.
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We’ll have to see what the rest of the series brings. Getting the Dodgers at a reasonable price is a luxury but in this Dodgers vs Cardinals series preview, we can just take it one game at a time and game one looks like Oliver Marmol’s team are the right side in game one, considering the recent success against Dave Roberts’ team. Remember, this is about building a bankroll and the Cardinals should provide enough “plus money” chances to pad the wallet.Follow us on Twitter