Michael Wacha (7-0, 1.87 ERA) takes the hill for the St. Louis Cardinals (32-16) as they square off against Carlos Frias (3-2, 5.34 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (28-19) in the second of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won the last game 3-0, continuing a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 30 and can be seen on FOX and SportsNet LA.
Wacha pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs (one unearned), striking out four and walking two in a 6-1 win over the Royals. Kolten Wong (.318, 30 Rs, 6 HRs, 23 RBIs, 4 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two runs and one stolen base. Frias went 4.0 innings, surrendering 10 runs and walking two in an 11-3 defeat to the Padres in his most recent start. Adrian Gonzalez (.339, 32 Rs, 10 HRs, 35 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
St. Louis is a -155 favorite against Los Angeles and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Cardinals have recorded an overall money line of +1,342 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 25-7. St. Louis is unbeaten as the favorite and has a 6-4 SU record in its last ten outings.
As for their opponent, Los Angeles is coming in with an overall money line of +160 and an impressive record of 2-1 as the dog. Offensively, the Dodgers have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 4.5 runs per game by averaging 2.4 during that stretch. The Dodgers can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking second in the league with 62 home runs. Los Angeles is excellent at drawing walks with an NL-best 3.7 per game. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Dodgers are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.17 for the season. The Dodgers have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 8.9 strikeouts per game.
The Cardinals have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Cardinals have a great 16-2 record at home (26-11 overall) against right-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Frias takes the mound. Wacha (RHP) will be on the hill against the Dodgers, who have a very good 26-13 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Over
After last game's shutout win against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Cardinals now have five shutouts this season. The Dodgers have been shut out in five games this season.
When the Cardinals play into extra innings, they have a 5-3 record. The Dodgers are 2-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Dodgers are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Cardinals have a 5-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 3-12. The Cardinals have a 7-10 record when opponents outhit them.
St. Louis ranks near the bottom of the league at 22nd when it comes to home runs, hitting 39 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with 62.
Ranking eighth, Los Angeles is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.57 per game. St. Louis ranks in the top five at third with 9.32.
Los Angeles tops the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .785 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .740.
The Dodgers are 12-13 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Cardinals are 13-11 when they allow at least one homer.