The St. Louis Cardinals (89-63, 83-68 RL, 71-75–5 O/U) take on the Los Angeles Dodgers (104-47, 91-59 RL, 63-74-13 O/U) in the second of a three-game NL series on Saturday night. The Cardinals will have Jordan Montgomery on the hill. The Dodgers will reply with Clayton Kershaw, eying his third consecutive win. The season series is even at 2-2.
Montgomery Starts, Cards Avoid Sweep
Jordan Montgomery will take the mound on Saturday. Montgomery was decent in his previous start, conceding three runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings against the Reds, and was hit with his third loss of the month. The veteran southpaw is consistently shutting down opponents since arriving at the Cardinals and is sporting a 3.26 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP accompanied by an 8-5 record in 168.1 innings pitched. Montgomery has spent his entire career with the Yankees and has yet to pitch against the Dodgers as a result.
The Cardinals have been slipping a bit recently, losing three out of their last four games entering Friday after a series loss in San Diego. The squad avoided the sweep with a 5-4 win on Thursday. They have all but clinched the NL Central, holding an eight-game lead ahead of Milwaukee.
Nolan Arenado was productive in the first series against the Dodgers, going 4 for 10 with three RBIs. The 31-year-old slugger has great numbers, clubbing 29 big flies with 98 RBIs and a .900 OPS. Arenado hasn’t been quite as dangerous this month where he has posted a weak .623 OPS
The Cardinals' potent offense is averaging 4.75 runs, good for fourth overall. The pitching staff has recorded a 3.77 team ERA, placing them ninth in the big leagues.
Kershaw Seeks Third Straight Win
Clayton Kershaw will take the mound on Sunday. Kershaw resumed his dominance in his latest effort, holding the Diamondbacks to only one run in six innings, and was rewarded with the win to improve his record to 9-3. The Dodgers ace has recorded a minuscule 1.50 ERA this month and has logged a 2.39 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP in 109.1 innings of work on the season. Kershaw has excelled in his career against the Cardinals, going 8-5 with a strong 2.97 ERA.
Los Angeles went 3-2 in their lengthy series against the D-Backs this week. They are likely going to finish with the best record. The Dodgers have 104 wins while the Astros have 99 entering Friday. The Dodgers are 7-3 in their last ten games and are 32 games above .500 at home.
Max Muncy continues to be one of the hottest players on the Dodgers, accumulating 16 RBIs and a 1.03 OPS this month. The veteran infielder now has 21 bombs with 67 RBIs and a respectable .737 OPS. Muncy is 1 for 8 against the Cardinals this season.
The Dodgers lead the way with 5.37 runs per game. The pitching staff has fielded a stellar 2.80 team ERA, which also leads the Major Leagues.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Cardinals are in the midst of an eight-game road trip. They have lost three out of their last four games entering Friday night and could be looking ahead to the Brewers who they play next as they look to clinch the division this week. The Dodgers are still looking to secure the best record in the big leagues.
Furthermore, while Jordan Montgomery has been reliable as a member of the Cardinals, he hasn’t been quite as effective recently, allowing nine runs (seven earned) in his last 10.1 innings. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw continues to dazzle, sporting a 1.50 ERA in his four starts this month.
Full-Game Total Pick
I expect a pitcher's duel. Montgomery will at least keep the Dodgers bats in check considering he features a stellar 2.35 ERA as a member of the Cardinals. L.A. has only averaged four runs in their last ten games.
In addition, Kershaw has limited his foe to either zero or one run in three out of his last four outings and is pitching deep into games. The ace features a 2.97 career ERA against the Cardinals. Their offense has cooled down, scoring four or fewer runs in four out of their last six games. The under is a convincing 5-1 in the Dodgers' last six games overall.