Monday, August 5, 7:05 p.m. (ET)
Money Line: Los Angeles (+139) St. Louis (-144)
Total Line: 7
The Dodgers bring a four-game winning streak into this series after rolling over the Cubs four times in the past four days. They are now 5.5 games ahead of Arizona for the lead in the NL West with an overall record of 61-49. Los Angeles is 8-2 in its last 10 games and the total has stayed UNDER in four of its last five games.
After a very slow start to the season, the Dodgers’ bats have finally come around in recent weeks, but the primary strength of this team remains a pitching staff that is ranked third in the National League with a team ERA of 3.42. They scored a total of 15 runs in their four-game sweep of Chicago while only allowing six. Look for Zack Greinke to get the start for LA on Monday night. The right-hander is 8-3 this season with a 3.43 ERA. He is 7-3 against the Cardinals with an ERA of 3.13.
St. Louis is just 3-7 in its last 10 games but it has won three of its last four to stay a game and a half behind Pittsburgh in the NL Central Division race. After beating Cincinnati twice this past weekend in a three-game set, the Cardinals are 65-45 overall. After enduring a brutal 11-game road trip, they will return home for this four-game series where they are 32-17 this year. The total has gone OVER in their last five games.
The Cardinals are another team that is known for rock-solid pitching with a staff ERA of 3.43, but their bats are still the best in the NL as producing runs with an average of five a game. This has been especially true as of late with a total of 49 runs in their last four games. St. Louis will send its ace Adam Wainwright to the mound for this contest. The right-hander comes in with a record of 13-6 and an ERA of 2.61. He is 4-3 against the Dodgers with a 3.02 ERA.
Both teams come into this matchup in solid form, but the edge has to go to St. Louis with Wainwright on the mound and the home-town fans filling the seats of Busch Stadium. The free MLB pick in this one is with the Cardinals as they pound-out just enough runs to get the win.
St. Louis 4 Los Angeles 3
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