MLB Predictions: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals

The Los Angeles Dodgers (62-49) and St. Louis Cardinals (65-46) will continue a four-game National League series Tuesday night at Busch Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals

The Los Angeles Dodgers are 32-7 in their last 39 games
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 32-7 in their last 39 games

Los Angeles has won 15 games in a row on the road, including a 3-2 victory over St. Louis as +146 underdogs on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball, while going UNDER the betting total for a fourth consecutive contest.  The Dodgers have put together a 32-7 record since being a season-worst 12 games under .500 on June 21—the best mark in MLB over that time period.  Los Angeles is 9-2 versus teams with a winning record in the second half of the season, with the UNDER going 9-1-1 in that situation.

Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (10-6, 1.87 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 3-0 defeat to the New York Yankees last time out, as he allowed just five hits in eight shutout innings.  The left-hander is 4-2 with a 2.24 ERA in 10 road outings, with opposing hitters batting just .167 against him.  In 11 career games versus the Cardinals, Kershaw has compiled a 4-4 record and 3.82 ERA, including a 5-3 setback at home on May 26.

St. Louis has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, with the OVER going 3-1 in that span.  The Cardinals are 5-12 against the three division leaders in the Senior Circuit, while posting a 52-25 record against all other teams in the league.  The Cardinals were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, which was definitely surprising due to leading the league in that particular category entering the series opener.  St. Louis is 2-1 as home underdogs of +125 to +150 the last two-plus seasons, with all three games going UNDER the betting total.

Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly (2-3, 3.10 ERA) has put together a personal two-game winning streak, including a 13-0 road victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates last time out, as he allowed three hits over six shutout innings.  The right-hander is 0-3 with a 4.13 ERA in 11 home games (two starts), issuing eight walks and striking out 17 batters in 24 combined frames.  In three career games (two starts) versus the Dodgers, Kelly has tallied a 0-1 record and 4.50 ERA.

Sports bettors will likely back the Dodgers due to their 4-0 record in Kershaw’s last four outings as a road favorite of -110 to -150.

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