Two teams battling to make the playoffs in the National League meet on Saturday afternoon in the third game of a four-game series on FOX, as the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the St. Louis Cardinals. The Dodgers are battling Colorado for first place in the NL West, while the Cardinals are trying to hang onto a Wild Card spot. Let’s look at the matchup for Saturday, probable pitchers and MLB picks.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Date and Time: Saturday, September 15, 2018 1:05 p.m. ET
Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
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Probable Pitchers: Rich Hill vs. John Gant
Dodgers vs. Cardinals TV Coverage: FOX
The Dodgers were thought to be a virtual given to win the NL West and make the playoffs, but there is no guarantee that either thing is going to happen. The Dodgers are in a big fight with Colorado to win the NL West. There is a chance that the loser of that race will get the second Wild Card, but nothing is a given. The Dodgers have been a good road team, as they were 40-31 in their first 71 road games, with 34 games going over, 35 going under, with two pushes. They are averaging 4.7 runs per game and giving up 3.5 per contest.
The Cardinals were 39-32 in their first 71 home games, with 30 games going over, 38 going under the total, with three pushes. They are averaging 4.7 runs per game and giving up 3.7 per contest.
Rich Hill is 8-5 on the season with a 3.88 ERA. He is doing what he normally does and that is give up about a hit per inning and about four runs per nine innings. He normally pitches five or six innings so the bullpen will be needed and that is not good news for the Dodgers. Hill went five innings last time out and gave up four runs and four hits against the Rockies.
Gant is 7-5 with a 3.16 ERA. He has made 16 starts and has been solid nearly every time out. He gave up just two runs and five hits in 6.2 innings last time out in a win over Detroit. He has not allowed more than two runs in any of his last seven starts. He will be making his first career start against the Dodgers. He had two previous relief outings against L.A. and gave up one run in 2.2 innings.
The Cardinals have owned this series of late, winning each of the last five meetings. All five of those games went under the total. It has surprisingly, been a bit of a road team series, as the Dodgers have won four of the last six in St. Louis, although they did drop their last two in St. Louis earlier this season. Three of the last four meetings in St. Louis have gone under the total.
Dodgers vs. Cardinals Picks
Is it possible that the Dodgers will miss the playoffs? It seems unlikely, but if they struggle in this series against the Cardinals they would let Arizona back into serious Wild Card discussion. It is hard to trust the Dodgers in this game simply because Hill doesn’t go deep into games. He is only going to go five or six innings and then turn it over to a rotten Los Angeles bullpen. Gant has been solid all season, so the chance of him going at least six or seven innings seems strong and it is hard to see Los Angeles doing much against him. I think the Cardinals are a solid play on Saturday afternoon. You can also make a solid case for taking the game under the total, although the bad L.A. bullpen is definitely a concern. Playing the under in the first five innings would probably be a safer choice.
Dodgers vs. Cardinals Pick: Cardinals at BookMaker.eu
Dodgers vs. Cardinals Score Prediction: Cardinals 4, Dodgers 2