There are still a few months of baseball to be played before we can say which team is the best in the National League and in the MLB odds. That doesn’t mean that fans aren’t going to puff out their chests at this stage of the season and declare that theirs is the team to beat. A pair of teams, the LA Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals, with a legitimate shot at being the best will meet up for a 4-game series in Los Angeles starting on Thursday night.
A Brief Preview on Los Angeles Dodgers vs St. Louis Cardinals Online MLB Pick & TV Info
Time: June 4, 10:10 p.m. ET
Venue: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
National TV: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish, 570 LA Sports, FS-M
Opening line: St. Louis -107
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The St. Louis Cardinals (34-18) hold a pretty comfortable 6-game lead atop the NL Central, thanks in large part to a consistency of play that has seen them steer clear of any major losing streaks. This is a team that has proven to be almost impossible to beat at home, as they are a pretty astonishing 21-7 in the cozy confines of Busch Stadium. It has not all been smooth sailing for St. Louis, though, as they have lost a couple of key players for the season, with Matt Adams the latest to go down. Despite these setbacks, they just seem to always find a way to keep on winning, and are 7-3 in their last 10 games. At time of writing, they were putting a beating on the Milwaukee Brewers, which means they are likely to head out to LA feeling pretty good about themselves. Michael Wacha (7-1, 2.27 ERA) will start on Thursday, and will be looking to bounce back after taking his first loss of the season in his last outing.
Like the Cardinals, the LA Dodgers (31-21) have created something of a fortress out of their home field. They sport the same 21-7 record at Dodger Stadium that the Cards have on their home turf, but they have had some struggles in the road, where they are 4 games under .500 for the season. Much had been made about the sputtering offense of the Dodgers of late, but they seem to have turned that around in their current series with the Colorado Rockies. LA has won 2 of 3, and has racked up 23 runs in the process. They will have a chance to add to that on Wednesday night when they close out the series against Colorado.
Key Betting Trends
- St. Louis is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis’s last 5 games
- LA Angels is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Angels’s last 6 games
- LA Angels is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Angels’s last 6 games at home
Consider This Before Placing Your Bets
Carlos Frias (4-2, 4.29 ERA) will be on the mound for the Dodgers on Thursday night. Frias was outstanding in his last start, which was against the Cardinals, giving up just 1 unearned run in the win.
These two met recently in St. Louis, and it was the Cardinals who came up with the series win. The edge has to go to the Dodgers at home for this series, but I actually like the Cards to come up with the win in this one.