Dodgers vs Cardinals Prediction - MLB Picks 5/21/23
St. Louis Cardinals (19-27) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (29-17)
Game Info: Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 2:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Jack Flaherty (3-4) (5.24) vs Clayton Kershaw (6-3) (2.52)
Betting Odds: St. Louis Cardinals +125 / Los Angeles Dodgers -161 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Cardinals will host the Los Angeles Dodgers for their series finale this Sunday from Busch Stadium. St. Louis took game three after holding Los Angeles off late, 6-5.
Dodgers Betting Preview
Los Angeles moved to 29-18 after losing to St. Louis. The Dodgers are now in danger of losing their first series of the month, and they’ll look to tie things up here. The Los Angeles offense is scoring 5.04 runs per game, while batting .231, with a .326 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.24 ERA, with a 1.27 WHIP. Freddie Freeman has multiple hits in eight of the last ten games, and he’s up to team-leads in hits (60) and runs (38). Mookie Betts has scored in six of the last seven games, and he’s up to 10 HR and 28 RBI. Max Muncy leads the team in homers (15) and RBI (33).
Clayton Kershaw (5-2, 2.53 ERA, 63 Ks) will make the road start for Los Angeles. The veteran southpaw suffered a tough losing decision after allowing just two runs to Minnesota. Kershaw was sharp in his last road start in Milwaukee, but he allowed three runs or more in each of his first four starts.
Cardinals Betting Preview
St. Louis moved to 20-27 after defeating Los Angeles. The Cardinals have turned things around over the past two weeks, winning ten of their last thirteen games, and they’ll look to close things out here. The St. Louis' offense is scoring 4.44 runs per game, while batting .258, with a .328 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.64 ERA, with a 1.49 WHIP. Nolan Gorman has taken charge in this series with the Dodgers, producing three homers and eight runs to bring his team-leads to HR (13) and RBI (39). Paul Goldschmidt scored twice in yesterday’s win, and he leads the Cards in hits (53). Nolan Arenado is currently enjoying an eleven-game hit streak.
Jack Flaherty (3-4, 5.24 ERA, 48 Ks) will start for St. Louis. The seventh-year pitcher bounced back with a gem last week against Milwaukee, striking out ten over seven shutout innings. The outing marked Flaherty’s first quality start of the season, but he faces an uphill battle here with the Dodgers.
Los Angeles vs St. Louis Trends
Los Angeles is 26-21 against the spread this season, with a 25-21-1 O/U record. St. Louis is 21-26 ATS this year, with a 23-22-2 over/under record.
Corey’s Free Pick
St. Louis is streaking right now, and it’s unclear how well Clayton Kershaw will neutralize them here. It’s also unlikely that Jack Flaherty replicates his last outing, and Los Angeles should be able to find production off of him. With both lineups clicking right now, take the Over for the series finale.
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