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Cardinals Attempt to Keep Best Record in the Majors by Facing Dodgers

Posted by Dale “Skip” Lalonde on 5/24/2013 9:28:44 PM

Sitting atop the NL Central standings, the St. Louis Cardinals have the best record in the majors with a 30-16 mark. That however doesn't mean they are secure in their own division as the Cincinnati Reds are just a game and a half behind the Cardinals, meaning they must keep winning if they hope to stay in first and keep their playoff hopes alive.

St. Louis Cardinals @ Los Angeles Dodgers

Saturday May 25, 2013 – 7:15 PM ET

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA

The Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves in a unique spot, last in the NL West. The Dodgers spent money in the off-season to win now, something they clearly have been unable to do as this season has turned into a disappointment quickly, and turning it around against the Cardinals will be a tough task. However, because of all the talent they brought in, sports books may soon be changing the spread to favor the Dodgers more if all the stars on the roster can start hitting.

MLB Betting Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals will be sending rookie pitcher John Gast to the mound for this game, which could be exactly what the Dodgers need to pull an upset. Gast has made just two major league starts in his career, and neither of them was that impressive. After those two starts Gast does hold a 2-0 record, however his 4.76 ERA shows he got plenty of run support to get those wins. The runs support provided by the Cardinals lineup rarely comes in the form of home runs, but more so by collecting four or five hits in an innings and scoring a few runs that way. The Cardinals are able to do this with their .269 team batting average, which ranks third in the majors.

MLB Betting Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers

To counter the rookie the Cardinals are sending to the mound, the Dodgers will start veteran Ted Lilly, who is coming off a shortened 2012 season, and hasn't started this year how he had hoped. At two different levels in the minors this year Lily collected a 6.95 ERA, yet was surprisingly still called up, and has somehow slightly improved as he holds a 5.63 ERA in the majors through two starts. Those gambling on this game shouldn't feel too good about betting on Lily as he is coming off a rough three-inning outing against the Colorado Rockies in which he gave up four runs. To make bettors even more nervous, the Dodgers, constructed to be a power hitting team, ranks third to last in the majors with just 31 home runs through 45 games.

MLB Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

The pitching match-up in this game is what will make it interesting as it very easily could turn into a high scoring affair as a struggling rookie goes up against a veteran past his prime. For that reason, my sports betting advice is to not only select the Cardinals as the winner with the spread, but also to consider the over/under run total for the game since it could be high scoring after just a few innings.

MLB Betting Pick: Cardinals

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