Clayton Kershaw (4-3, 3.73 ERA) and Jaime Garcia (1-2, 2.70 ERA) take the hill in the third of a four-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (31-24) and the St. Louis Cardinals (37-18) at Dodger Stadium. The Cardinals won the last game 2-1 and St. Louis leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 6 and can be seen on FSN-MW and SportsNet LA.
Kershaw is 5-5 with a 3.46 ERA in his appearances against the Cardinals, and goes up against a good St. Louis offense which is batting .267 this season. Adrian Gonzalez (.338, 37 Rs, 11 HRs, 39 RBIs) went 1 for 2 yesterday. Garcia is 2-1 with a 5.31 ERA against the Dodgers in his career. He takes on a quality Los Angeles offense that's batting .259. Jhonny Peralta (.317, 27 Rs, 8 HRs, 32 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
This one isn't expected to be close when Los Angeles, a big -190 favorite, takes on St. Louis. The matchup has an estimated Over/Under (O/U) of six runs. The Dodgers have an overall money line of -53 and a record as the favorite of 28-20. The Dodgers are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 74. Los Angeles leads the whole NL in walks, earning an average of 3.7 per game. As for the pitchers, the Dodgers are the fifth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.21 so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Dodgers, who lead the NL in strikeouts per home game with 9.4.
In games where it is the underdog, St. Louis has a 7-9 record and an overall money line of +1,571. They have managed to pull off a perfect record over their last ten games while playing as the underdog, and have an 8-2 SU record over the same span. The Cardinals allow 2.9 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 2.1 runs per game during that span.
The Cardinals lead the season series, 4-1. The Dodgers have a bad 2-6 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Garcia takes the mound. Kershaw (LHP) will be on the hill against the Cardinals, who have a 6-5 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Cardinals won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Dodgers are 7-10. The Cardinals are 11-9 in close games this season.
The Cardinals are 5-3 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Dodgers are 2-2 in such matchups.
The Cardinals managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Dodgers who are heading in with a 19-10 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 4-16. The Cardinals have a 9-11 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 25th in home runs, St. Louis has hit 40 this season. Los Angeles ranks second with 74 home runs.
Ranking seventh, Los Angeles is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.65 per game. St. Louis ranks in the top five at fourth with 9.19.
Los Angeles ranks at the top of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .782. St. Louis ranks in the top half at 12th with an OPS of .725.
When the Cardinals allow at least one home run, they are 15-12. When the Dodgers allow one or more homers, they have a 14-16 record.