St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers 5/23/08 Preview

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St. Louis Cardinals (28-21) at Los Angeles Dodgers (25-21)
Friday, 10:40 pm Eastern

SBG Global Opening Line: Dodgers  – 120, Total  8.5 Under -120

The St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers open up a series on Friday that should be very competitive as the Dodgers come in after sweeping Cincinnati while the Cardinals have won four of their last five.  Friday’s pitching matchup has Adam Wainwright facing Derek Lowe.  Wainwright is 3-2 with a 3.25 ERA on the season but has given up 12 runs and 20 hits in his last 11 and 2/3 innings.  He lost both of his starts against the Dodgers last season. SBG Global reports that early MLB betting has the public taking Dodgers at Home.

The Dodgers expect to get shortstop Rafael Furcal back in the lineup on Friday.  He was hitting .366 when he went on the DL and still leads the Dodgers with 34 runs scored.  The Dodgers went 7-7 without Furcal in the starting lineup. The Dodgers go with Derek Lowe on Friday.  Lowe is 2-4 with a 5.34 ERA this season.  He is 0-3 with an 8.54 ERA in his last five starts.  He is 1-4 with a 5.93 ERA in five career starts against the Cardinals.

Here are the MLB betting stats for Friday’s game. The Cardinals are 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Cardinals are 9-19 in their last 28 Friday games. The
Cardinals are 8-20 in their last 28 games as a road underdog. The Cardinals are 5-2 in Wainwright’s last 7 starts. The Cardinals are 2-5 in Wainwright’s last 7 road starts. The Cardinals are 0-4 in Wainwright’s last 4 starts vs. the National League West. The Cardinals are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Los Angeles.

SBG Global Current Line: Dodgers  – 122, Total  8.5 Under -120

The Dodgers are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. the National League Central. The Dodgers are 5-1 in their last 6 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Dodgers are 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Dodgers are 25-12 in their last 37 games as a home favorite. The Dodgers are 6-2 in Lowe’s last 8 starts as a home favorite. The Dodgers are 1-4 in Lowe’s last 5 starts vs. the Cardinals.

The Over is 5-2-1 in the Cardinals last 8 games vs. a right-handed starter.
The Over is 9-4 in the Cardinals last 13 vs. the National League West.
The Under is 5-0 in Wainwright’s last 5 starts vs. the National League West.

The Over is 9-3 in the Dodgers last 12 Friday games. The Over is 11-5 in the Dodgers last 16 games as a home favorite. The Under is 4-1-1 in Lowe’s last 6 starts vs. the National League Central. The Over is 13-6 in the last 19 meetings in Los Angeles between the two teams.

Pick Under 8.5 3 units. Pitchers Dual!