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MLB Preview - Cardinals vs. Dodgers

August 19, 2009
MLB Betting Preview - St. Louis Cardinals vs. LA Dodgers (Wednesday 10:10 ET)

By Robbie Gainous

This is the third and final game of the Cardinals and Dodgers three-game series at Chavez Ravine.

Albert Pujols of the CardinalsThe Cardinals are ranked 15 in hitting with a batting average of .262 averaging 4.5 runs per game on the year while the Dodgers are ranked 3 in hitting with a batting average of .276 averaging 4.9 runs per game.

The teams are much closer in the pitching department with the Cardinals ranked 4 with an ERA of 3.73 with opponents hitting .262 against them.

The Dodgers are ranked 2 in pitching with an ERA of 3.63 with opponents hitting for a .233 average.

Combine these factors and these teams are relatively close overall put Adam Wainwright on the bump as an underdog and we have solid value with the Cardinals tonight.

Wainwright is 14-7 this season with an ERA of 2.62 with the Cardinals 17-8 (+4.9) behind him on the hill.

He has been overwhelming on the road this season posting a record of 9-1 with an ERA of 3.41 with the Cards 10-1 (+9.0) when he starts on the highway.

He is 8-0 (+9.0) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

10-1 (+9.1) versus teams outscoring opponents by 0.5 or more runs per game on the season the last 2 seasons.

11-1 (+10.0) when the money line is +125 to -125 this season, 8-1 (+8.1) as a road underdog of +100 or higher the last 2 seasons.

8-1 (+8.1) as a road underdog of +100 to +150 the last 2 seasons and 7-0 (+7.1) on the road when the money line is +125 to -125 this season.

The Cards are playing extremely well and they are sending an ace to the bump which should translate into a nice underdog win on Wednesday night in LA.

Graded Selection: 2* St. Louis Cardinals 3 Los Angeles Dodgers 2

Free Pick: St. Louis Cardinals (+105) at

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