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Cardinals vs Dodgers Betting Preview

by Rodney KnuppelMay 31, 2021

In the first of a three-game Cardinals vs Dodgers series, the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers will meet up on Monday night. Both the Cardinals and Dodgers are both coming off losses and fighting in their competitive divisions. The Cardinals are coming into the game first place in the National League Central with their 30-23 record. The Cardinals are just ½ game ahead of the Chicago Cubs in the division.

For the Dodgers, they are looking to snap their three-game losing streak. The Dodgers are 31-22 on the season and have dropped below San Diego and San Francisco in the National League West. This game favors the Dodgers, as they are listed at -180 favorites over the Cardinals.

Arenado and Goldschmidt Familiar with Dodger Stadium

Two guys on the visiting roster that are pretty familiar and comfortable with Dodger Stadium are Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt. Arenado got the day off yesterday and is now ready to come back swinging. The former Rockies third baseman is hitting .284 on the season, with 11 home runs and an NL leading 17 doubles.

Arenado leads the Cardinals with 35 runs batted in. Paul Goldschmidt is another guy that has played there a bunch during his time with Arizona. Goldschmidt leads the tea with 31 runs scored. His 6 home runs and 11 doubles have compiled for 28 runs batted in. Of course, veteran Yadier Molina continues to rake, as he has 11 doubles on the season as well.

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In the first of a three-game Cardinals vs Dodgers series, the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers will meet up on Monday night

Flaherty Gets Nod for Cardinals

Jack Flaherty gets the nod for the St. Louis Cardinals in this game, and he still leads the National League with 8 wins. On the season, the right-hander is 8-1 with a 2.84 earned run average. In 57 innings, Flaherty struck out 58 batters and walked 18. The Cardinals have given Flaherty a ton of run support early on in his starts, but facing Bauer will be certainly a huge challenge.

Bauer Looking to right the ship

The Dodgers got Trevor Bauer for a reason, and that reason is to win games they need him to win. This is one of those games. The Dodgers need to stop the bleeding, and this is the guy to do it. Bauer has thrown 69.2 innings in 2021 and struck out 91 batters. Bauer has walked just 22 on the season and sits with a 2.07 earned run average. The right-hander who spent last season with the Reds is 5-3 on the season.

Dodgers Offense Still Elite

Despite the struggles in the last three games for the Dodgers, their offense is still one of the most elite in Major League Baseball. The Dodgers are scoring 5.2 runs per game and have a team batting average of .240. Los Angeles is tied for 8th in home runs with 66 on the season. The leading power guys for the Dodgers are Max Muncy and Justin Turner. Muncy leads the team with 13 home runs, while Turner has 9. Muncy also leads the DOdgers with 37 runs and 30 runs batted in while hitting .281 on the season.

Dodgers Top Cardinals in Series Opener

We love the pitching matchup. It will be the second game in a row that Flaherty is coming into the game as the underdog. He took a loss in his last outing to the Chicago White Sox. Look for both pitchers to throw the ball well. In the end, the offense of the Dodgers appears to be a little better than the offense of the Cardinals. Former Cardinal Albert Pujols will get a chance to meet his former team in this game and series as well. For the game on Monday, we are taking Trevor Bauer and the Los Angeles Dodgers to top Jack Flaherty and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Bet on the Dodgers -180 on Monday.

 

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About The Author
Rodney Knuppel
Rodney is currently the Content Manager and Director of Business Development at Knup Solutions. Rodney has lived and died by St. Louis Sports since a young ago. Also, Kansas Jayhawks basketball fan. Always down to have an intelligent, and controversially sports conversation. Host of Peoria Fantasy Focus, and has served as PA Announcer for Peoria Chiefs Baseball. Father of 3, youth baseball coach and President of the Youth Basketball Association.