In the second of a four-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (31-23) and the St. Louis Cardinals (31-23) at Dodger Stadium, Brett Anderson (2-3, 3.42 ERA) and Carlos Martinez (5-2, 3.13 ERA) get the ball. The Cardinals won the last game 7-1 and St. Louis leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 5 and will air on FSN-MW and SportsNet LA.
In his last start, Anderson pitched 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out five and walking three in a 3-1 loss to the Cardinals. Adrian Gonzalez (.337, 37 Rs, 11 HRs, 39 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. In his pitching opportunities against the Dodgers, Martinez is 1-1 with a 3.43 ERA. He gets a strong Los Angeles offense that's batting .261. Jhonny Peralta (.318, 27 Rs, 8 HRs, 32 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Los Angeles is a -124 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Dodgers are 28-19 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +53. The Dodgers are a power hitting team with 74 home runs, one of the highest totals in the MLB. They have been very patient at the plate, leading the NL with an average of 3.7 walks per game. Transitioning to the pitching staff, an area where the Dodgers are particularly strong at home is striking batters out, where they average an NL-best 9.5 K's per home game.
Switching gears, the Cardinals come into this game in an interesting position. They have won more than 60 percent of games played as the underdog (6-9) but have a negative money line (+1,471). Over the last 10 games, they were unbeaten as the underdog with a perfect 1-0 record and 8-2 SU. St. Louis's pitching staff has allowed an average of 2.1 runs per game during the last 10 games, lower than their season average of 2.9. The St. Louis pitching staff has been an intimidating group on the road this year, averaging 8.0 strikeouts per game.
In their previous four games this season, the Cardinals have a 3-1 record. The Dodgers will take on a right-hander (Martinez) in this game. They have done very well against right-handed starting pitchers this season (29-16), especially at home where they have a 20-4 record. Taking the hill against the Cardinals will be the left-hander Anderson. They sport a 6-5 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, St. Louis is 13-4, while Los Angeles is 10-11.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Dodgers are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Cardinals have an 18-1 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
It looks like the Cardinals have a slight leg up on the Dodgers, as the Cardinals have won their last three games while the Dodgers have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 24-7. The Dodgers have a 23-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 14th in runs, St. Louis has earned 224 this season. Los Angeles ranks fourth with 245 runs.
Ranking 12th, St. Louis is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 171 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with 198.
The Dodgers are 27-13 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Cardinals are 22-6 when they hit at least one homer.