Carlos Martinez (4-2, 3.54 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (32-17) go up against Brett Anderson (2-2, 3.47 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (29-19) in the last of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. The Dodgers won the last game 5-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 2:15 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 31 and will air on SportsNet LA, FSN-MW and MLB.
Martinez is 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA against the Dodgers in his career, and faces a strong Los Angeles offense that's hitting .260 on the year. Matt Carpenter (.318, 33 Rs, 8 HRs, 27 RBIs, 1 SB) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4. The Dodgers were unsuccessful to the Braves 6-3 the last time Anderson pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out three and walking two. Justin Turner (.306, 14 Rs, 5 HRs, 19 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
St. Louis is a -122 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Cardinals have a winning record of 26-7 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +1,442. They are 7-3 SU and perfect as the favorite (6-0) in their last 10 games.
Moving on to the away team, the Dodgers come into this game with a win percentage of .500 when playing as the underdog (2-2) and an overall money line of +60. Over the last 10 games, they were winless as the underdog with a 0-1 record and 4-6 SU. The Dodgers will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In their 10 most recent games, Los Angeles's run production has dropped to 2.3 runs per game, compared to 4.3 for the duration of the season. The Dodgers are known for their power, smashing 63 home runs. Los Angeles has an eye for the strike zone, averaging an NL-best 3.7 walks per game. Switching gears to Los Angeles's pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.16 on the year, good for third in the league. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in baseball with an NL-high 8.8 strikeouts per game.
This game will feature Anderson (LHP) on the mound against the Cardinals, who have a 5-5 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Dodgers will be the right-hander Martinez. Right-handed starters haven't been any trouble for them (26-14), but it's a different story when they play on the road (6-10).
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
For the third time this season, the Dodgers registered at least two errors in a game.
When the Cardinals play into extra innings, they have a 5-3 record. The Dodgers are 2-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Dodgers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Cardinals have a 13-3 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 22-6. The Dodgers have a 22-4 record when outhitting opponents.
St. Louis and Los Angeles both rank in the top half of the league in runs. St. Louis sits at 14th with 206 runs this season and Los Angeles ranks 12th with 214.
Ranking 12th, St. Louis is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 154 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with 176.
The Cardinals are 21-6 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Dodgers are 25-10 when they hit at least one homer.