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MLB Betting Preview: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers- June 27th, 2014

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the midst of hosting a four game series against the St. Louis Cardinals in game two of their series, and we’ve seen pitching take a front seat in this match-up so far. In game one the two offenses combined to score just one run, and both Adam Wainwright and Josh Beckett looked incredibly strong giving up zero runs through seven innings, before the Dodgers were finally able to get a run off of Wainwright in what ended up being a 1-0 victory for the team. The Dodgers have been a shutdown team in terms of their pitching recently, and over the last ten games they’ve won eight of ten. This game will get underway at 10:10pm EST, and should be an excellent match-up.

The Cardinals have been struggling, as they’ve lost five of their last nine games, and haven’t been able to get much in terms of offensive production. In the five losses the team has scored only nine runs. Tonight they are sending Carlos Martinez to the mound, who has a 1-3 record with a 4.33 ERA on the year. This is his third straight start after starting the year in the bullpen. He got a win against the Phillies in his last game, but allowed three runs in one inning. He has some serious upside and could be a player to watch in the future for the Cardinals.

The¬†Dodgers are sending Hyun-Jin Ryu to the mound, who has a very impressive 9-3 record and a 3.06 ERA on the year. He’s won back to back games now, and in each game has allowed just one run in six innings. He’s gone through seven starts putting up six strong ones, and throughout the season has walked just 18 batters in 82 1/3 innings. The first time that Ryu faced the Cardinals he got the win while giving up only an unearned run. The Dodgers have also won six of their last seven home games, improving their overall record on the year at home to 19-20.

Consensus

This should be a fun game to watch, and it should be closer than many believe. The Dodgers have betting odds of -141, and I believe that they are simply the better team here. The Cardinals’ struggles are well-documented, and I don’t believe that changes overnight against a strong Dodgers team. I’m going to stick with Ryu to get the job done and for the Dodgers to get the second win in a row against the Cards.

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