St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers (-138,
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals own two of
the best pitching staffs in the league and are already putting
them on display early in the series. The offenses will attempt
to combine for more than one run when the Dodgers host the
Cardinals in the second of a four-game series on Friday. Josh
Beckett and Adam Wainwright matched zeros through seven innings
in the opener before Wainwright blinked in the 1-0 final.
Los Angeles is allowing an average of 2.1 in the last 10 games
and owns eight wins in that span as it chases down the San
Francisco Giants in the National League West. The Cardinals are
losers of five of their last nine and have the offense to
blame. St. Louis has scored a total of nine runs in those five
losses and wasted two chances to score in Thursday’s opener
when Allen Craig was thrown out at the plate and Peter Bourjos
slid past second base and was tagged out after an easy steal in
LINE HISTORY: Books opened the Dodgers as -144
faves, but that has since moved to -138.The total opened at
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Cardinals (-192), Dodgers
INJURY REPORT: Cardinals: 2B Koston Wong
(15-day DL, shoulder). Dodgers – LF Carl Crawford (15-day DL,
ankle), 3B Chone Figgins (15-day DL, quad), SS H Ramirez
WHAT SHARPS SAY: “Both the Cardinals and Dodgers have
underperformed this season as evident by their (-) results
overall versus the moneyline, however these are still two of
the most talented teams in the league and this is matchup is a
potential postseason preview. Carlos Martinez has only
started two games this season and he lasted just 4 and 5
innings each time, so the St. Louis bullpen will likely play a
large role tonight.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Carlos Martinez
(1-3, 4.33 ERA) vs. Dodgers LH Hyun-jin Ryu (9-3, 3.06)
Martinez is getting his third straight start as he stretches
out after beginning the season in the bullpen. The 22-year-old
picked up a win on Sunday against Philadelphia, when he allowed
three runs – all in one inning – on three hits over five
frames. Martinez made four appearances out of the bullpen in
the playoffs against Los Angeles last fall and yielded one hit
in a total of 4 2/3 scoreless frames.
Ryu has won back-to-back starts, allowing one run over six
innings in each turn. The South Korea native owns six quality
starts in his last seven outings and has issued just 18 walks
in 82 1/3 innings. Ryu is making his second career
regular-season start against St. Louis after allowing an
unearned run over seven innings to earn a win his first time
facing the Cardinals.
* Under is 6-2 in the last eight meetings.
* Cardinals are 5-1 in their last six versus a team with a
* Dodgers are 6-1 in their last seven games as a favorite.
* Under is 7-0 in Cardinal’s last seven games versus a team
with a winning record.
COVERS CONSENSUS: Sixty-two percent of Covers
Consensus wagers are on the home team Dodgers.