St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 10/3/2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles
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On Saturday, Lance Lynn and the St. Louis Cardinals will face All-Star right-hander Zack Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers in a battle between two of the best No. 2 pitchers in baseball.
Lance Lynn had the best season of his three-year career after going 15-10 in 33 starts with a very solid 2.74 ERA. He struck out 181 batters in 203.2 innings on the mound while only giving up 13 home runs to opposing hitters. Lynn was 0-2 in his final four starts, but his 2.33 ERA in that time suggests that he didn't get much help from his offense.
Lynn struggled in his two starts against the Dodgers this season by going 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA in eight innings of work. None of the current Dodgers have been able to hit a home run off of Lynn in 94 combined at-bats.
Zack Greinke was excellent for the Dodgers this year and went 17-8 with a 2.71 ERA in 32 starts. In 202.1 innings on the mound this season, the right-hander struck out 9.2 batters per nine innings while only walking 1.9 batters per nine innings. In five September starts, he was 4-0 with a 2.70 ERA.
St. Louis was one of only a few National League teams that Greinke didn't face this year. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski is 21-for-52 against him in his career with three doubles, three home runs and eight RBI.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
St. Louis Cardinals are 73-83-6 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for St. Louis Cardinals is 0.1
Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Trends
Los Angeles Dodgers are 83-71-8 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Los Angeles Dodgers is 0.6
Injuries to Watch
St. Louis Cardinals
10/03/14 2B Mark Ellis None off the NLDS roster
10/02/14 P Jason Motte None off the NLDS roster
10/02/14 P Kevin Siegrist Forearm off the NLDS roster
10/02/14 C A.J. Pierzynski None off the NLDS roster
09/29/14 LF Matt Holliday Illness probable Friday vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
08/26/14 RF Shane Robinson Shoulder 60-day DL (8/25); out for season
07/06/14 P Jaime Garcia Shoulder 60-day DL (6/24), out for season
05/13/14 P Tyler Lyons Shoulder 15-day DL (5/12)
Los Angeles Dodgers
10/02/14 P Hyun-Jin Ryu Shoulder is upgraded to expected to start NLDS Game 3 Monday vs St Louis Cardinals
10/01/14 2B Dee Gordon Hip is upgraded to expected to be in the starting lineup Friday vs. St. Louis Cardinals
08/07/14 P Josh Beckett Hip 60-day DL (8/4); out for season
08/06/14 P Chris Perez Ankle 15-day DL (8/4)
08/03/14 P Paul Maholm Knee 60-day DL (8/2), out for season
06/18/14 P Chad Billingsley Elbow 60-day DL (3/19), out for season
06/15/14 3B Chone Figgins Quad 15-day DL (6/14)
06/07/14 P Chris Withrow Elbow 60-day DL (5/21)
03/27/14 P Onelki Garcia Elbow 60-day DL (3/14)
Tony's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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