The St. Louis Cardinals (89-63) take on the Los Angeles Dodgers (104-47) Saturday for the second game of their 3-games series. First pitch is set for 9:10 p.m. ET at Dodger Stadium.
Season series: Tied 2-2
The Cardinals took the series opener Friday in an 11-0 blowout behind another great start by LHP Jose Quintana. It gave them their 2nd straight win after 3 straight losses.
The Dodgers have now lost 3 of their last 4 games. However they still have the best record in baseball and have clinched the NL West title.
Cardinals at Dodgers projected starters
LHP Jordan Montgomery vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw
Montgomery (8-5 3.26 ERA) makes his 31st start overall and 10th for the Cardinals. He has a 1.08 WHIP 1.8 BB/9 and 8.0 K/9 through 168 1/3 IP.
- The Cardinals won his first 7 starts but have lost his last 2 turns
- He has allowed 9 runs (7 earned) in his last 10 1/3 innings
Kershaw (9-3 2.39 ERA) makes his 20th start. He has a 0.93 WHIP 1.6 BB/9 and 9.6 K/9 through 109 1/3 IP.
- Has a 1.50 ERA over 4 starts in September
- Is 8-5 with a 2.97 ERA across 18 career starts vs. St. Louis
Cardinals at Dodgers odds
- Money line (ML): Cardinals +145 (bet $100 to win $145) | Dodgers -180 (bet $180 to win $100)
- Run line (RL)/Against the spread (ATS): Cardinals +1.5 (-150) | Dodgers -1.5 (+122)
- Over/Under (O/U): 7.5 (O: -112 | U: -108)
Cardinals at Dodgers picks and predictions
Dodgers 5 Cardinals 3
Kershaw has been dealing in September while Montgomery has struggled in his last 2 starts.
The Cardinals even after Friday’s win are only 38-36 on the road this season while the Dodgers are 52-21 at home.
The Dodgers have won 3 straight of Kershaw’s starts and have won 7 of his last 9 outings.
However as for betting the Dodgers on the money line PASS. You will get better value betting the spread.
Three of the Dodgers’ last 4 wins have been by 1 run but only 15 of their 104 victories on the year have come by that margin. They are 91-60 ATS overall this season 44-29 ATS at home.
The Dodgers have only scored a combined 6 runs in their last 4 games but they had 4 or more in 15 of their previous 16 games.
Take the DODGERS -1.5 (+122).
The first game of the series hit the Over with 11 runs. Three of the 4 games between these teams this season have gone Over the projected total with 2 games of 13 runs and last night’s 11.
Montgomery has allowed 9 runs in his last 2 outings.
Take OVER 7.5 (-112).
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