LA Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals Series
September 12, 2018 3:00 AM
by Andy Iskoe
Dodgers at St. Louis
These teams met in Los Angeles in mid-August and the Cardinals, red hot at the time, swept the three-game series in what was a very low scoring series; all three were UNDER the Total as the Cards outscored the Dodgers, 13-6.
The Cardinals are still playing well but not at that same pace. Both teams are 12-8 over their last 20 games. Clayton Kershaw remains the best starting pitcher in this series but the Cards have the second and third best starters in Jack Flaherty and Mile Mikolas, either of whom can be backed as underdogs of +125 or more against Kershaw.
St. Louis rookie Austin Gomber has also pitched well but would have to be getting +150 or more to back against Kershaw or plus any price as an underdog against all other Dodger starters. Flaherty and Mikolas can be played at -125 or less against other than Kershaw. The Dodgers’ Walker Buehler can be played at -130 or less against other than Flaherty, Gomber or Mikolas or as an underdog of +125 or more against any of that trio.
As to Totals, note the Dodgers’ Rich Hill has been involved in 15 OVERs and just 6 UNDERs, which suggests an OVER play in his start at a Total of 8.5 or less if not facing Flaherty, whose starts have resulted in 15 UNDERs, 8 OVERs and a PUSH.
Flaherty’s start may be played UNDER a Total of 7.5 or higher except against Hill. In a Hill vs. Flaherty matchup the wisest course of action would be to pass on the Total and look for the above noted parameters for a play on Flaherty.
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