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St. Louis Cardinals vs Los Angeles Dodgers 4/28/2023 Free Picks, Analysis and Odds

St. Louis Cardinals vs Los Angeles Dodgers 4/28/2023 Free Picks, Analysis and Odds

The Cardinals will face the Dodgers in LA on Friday night, hoping to bounce back from a dismal performance on the mound and at the plate. The Cards have struggled to strike out hitters this season, posting a 4.59 ERA that ranks near the bottom of the league. They have also given up too many runs and homers, with a 4.35 FIP and 86 free passes. The Cards have allowed 9.6 hits per nine innings, with a 1.46 WHIP and a 2.66 K/BB ratio. Their bullpen has been shaky as well, blowing five of nine save opportunities and letting in almost a third of inherited runners. The relievers have only nine holds and a 44.4% save percentage this season.

On Wednesday, Steven Matz pitched four innings and gave up two runs on six hits, but got no decision. Jordan Hicks took the loss after allowing a run on two hits in 1.2 innings. The rest of the bullpen was no better, surrendering four more runs on five hits in 2.1 innings. The Cards’ offense was also lackluster, managing only eight hits in 31 at-bats, with just one hit in clutch situations. They left eight runners stranded on base. Paul Goldschmidt was the lone bright spot for the Cards, going four-for-five with two homers and two RBIs. Paul DeJong chipped in with two hits and a run scored.

  • St. Louis is 2-8 SU in their last 10 games on the road against Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • The Cardinals are 7-13 SU in their last 20 games with a team from the National League.
  • The total stayed UNDER in 4 of St. Louis’ last 5 games played on a Friday.

St. Louis Cardinals vs Los Angeles Dodgers 4/28/2023 Free Picks, Analysis and Odds

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been putting up decent offensive numbers so far this season, with 128 runs batted in and 45 home runs to their name. They’ve also hit 36 doubles and drawn 113 walks, leading to a total of 130 runs scored. Currently, the Dodgers have a team batting average of .226 and an on-base percentage of .321. They rank eighth in the MLB for runs scored per game, averaging 8.20, and their team slugging percentage is .449, the fifth-best in the league.

On the other hand, their pitching staff has not been performing as well, with an ERA of 4.64 and 117 runs allowed. They’ve given up 28 home runs, and their average runs allowed per nine innings is 4.81, putting them in 18th place in the MLB. Their team WHIP is 1.315, and their FIP is 4.23, while their K/BB ratio is 8.30, with 201 strikeouts and 64 walks. In their most recent game, Tyler Gonsolin was the starting pitcher for Los Angeles, throwing 3.1 innings and giving up no runs on just two hits, although he did not receive a decision. Phil Bickford took over as the substitute pitcher and allowed two runs on three hits in just one inning, which resulted in the loss. The Dodgers’ bullpen struggled, giving up six additional runs on seven hits in the final five innings.

  • The LA Dodgers are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games at home against St. Louis.
  • The total went OVER in 5 of the LA Dodgers’ last 5 games against an opponent in the NL.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games played on a Friday.

St. Louis Cardinals vs Los Angeles Dodgers. The MLB pick for this game is the Los Angeles Dodgers. While both teams struggled at the beginning of the season, the Los Angeles Dodgers appear to have the upper hand in this upcoming game. With a strong lineup and a more talented pitcher, they are likely to bounce back from their recent setbacks and secure a win against the Cardinals on Friday at home. The Dodgers are predicted to win by a score of 6-3.

MLB Starting Time: 10:10 PM (EDT)

Location: Dodger Stadium 

Date: Friday, April 28, 2023


MLB Odds: Los Angeles Dodgers +150 

MLB Totals: 8.5

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