The LA DODGERS and the ST LOUIS will both be gunning for a victory on 9/14/2018 at 8:15 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
GAME: Los Angeles Dodgers (80-67) at St. Louis Cardinals (81-66)
DATE/TIME: Friday, September 14 – 8:15 PM EST
WHERE: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
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TV: 8:15 PM
PREDICTION: ST LOUIS , LA DODGERS
Oddsmakers currently have the ST LOUIS listed as 120 point favorites versus the LA DODGERS, while the game’s total is sitting at 8.
The Los Angeles Dodgers won the series opener and look to pull even for the National League’s second wild-card spot when they visit the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday for the second contest of their four-game series. Los Angeles won a 9-7 slugfest on Thursday to put the heat on the Cardinals and remain 1 1/2 games behind first-place Colorado in the NL West.
Manny Machado went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs in Thursday’s victory, with the blast being his first since Aug. 30. The Dodgers are 4-3 on their 10-game road trip and have scored eight or more runs in three of the victories. The Cardinals, who trail Milwaukee by three games for the first wild card and are 4 1/2 behind the Chicago Cubs for first in the NL Central, are just 5-7 this month after going 22-6 in August. Catcher Yadier Molina (hamstring) returned to the lineup after a six-game absence and went 0-for-1 with a walk before leaving after four innings with St. Louis trailing 8-1.
TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, SportsNet LA (Los Angeles), FS Midwest (St. Louis)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers RH Walker Buehler (6-5, 3.09 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH Jack Flaherty (8-6, 2.92)
Buehler lost to the Rockies in his last turn as he gave up four runs and six hits over six innings. The 24-year-old is 3-2 with a 4.07 ERA in nine road starts compared to a solid 2.32 ERA in 11 appearances (10 starts) at home. Buehler allowed three hits and registered nine strikeouts over seven scoreless frames in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Aug. 22, when he was matched up against Flaherty.
Flaherty is 4-0 over his last seven starts and has allowed fewer than two runs in five of those outings. The 22-year-old settled for a no-decision in his last turn as he gave up three runs and four hits in five innings against Detroit. Flaherty registered 10 strikeouts while giving up just one hit – a solo homer by Joc Pederson -over six innings in the recent no-decision against the Dodgers.
1. Cardinals RF Marcell Ozuna recorded two hits and two RBIs on Thursday and is 16-for-39 with five homers and 13 RBIs during his nine-game hitting streak.
2. Los Angeles RF Matt Kemp notched two hits in the series opener and is 5-for-13 with three RBIs over his last three contests.
3. St. Louis 3B Jedd Gyorko (groin) went 1-for-5 with an RBI on Thursday in his first start since Aug. 28.
PREDICTION: Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2