Dodgers vs Cardinals Prediction - MLB Picks 5/18/23

St. Louis Cardinals (18-26) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (28-16)

Game Info: Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 7:45 pm (Busch Stadium)

Adam Wainwright (0-0) (7.20) vs Julio Urias (5-3) (3.61)

Betting Odds: St. Louis Cardinals +130 / Los Angeles Dodgers -160 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Dodgers will play the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of their series on Thursday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dodgers Preview

The Los Angeles Dodgers are 28-16 this season and they have won seven of their last eight games. Los Angeles is coming off of a series win against Minnesota, where they won two out of three games. The Los Angeles pitching staff has a 3.91 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, and a .242 opponent batting average this year. The Dodgers offense has scored 237 runs with a .231 batting average and a .325 on base percentage. Max Muncy is batting .221 with 14 home runs and 32 RBI’s for the Dodgers. The projected starting pitcher for Los Angeles is Julio Urias, who is 5-3 with a 3.61 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP over 52.1 innings pitched this season.

Cardinals Preview

The St. Louis Cardinals are 18-26 this season and they have won five of their last six games. St. Louis is coming off of a series win against Milwaukee, where they won two out of the three games played. The St. Louis pitching staff has a 4.32 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP, and a .268 opponent batting average. The Cardinals offense has scored 213 runs with a .263 batting average and a .334 on base percentage this season. Paul Goldschmidt is batting .306 with seven home runs and 23 RBI’s for the Cardinals. The projected starting pitcher for St. Louis is Adam Wainwright, who is 0-0 with a 7.20 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP over 10.0 innings pitched this year. 

Trends

Los Angeles is 42-14 in their last 56 Thursday games and 60-23 in their last 83 game one’s of a series. The over is 11-4-1 in Los Angeles’ last 16 game one’s of a series. St. Louis is 5-1 in their last 6 games and 6-13 in their last 19 home games. The over is 8-3 in St. Louis’ last 11 Thursday games. Los Angeles is 5-0 in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings.

Pick

Both of these teams come into this series playing very well, but the Dodgers have been the better team this season. Los Angeles has won seven of their last eight games and they will be starting Julio Urias, who has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three straight starts. St. Louis is starting Adam Wainwright, who has allowed four earned runs in both of his starts this year against Detroit and Boston. I like the Dodgers to win this game. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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