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MLB Wild Card Betting Guide: Cardinals at Dodgers

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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Under 7.5 Runs (-110): 1 Star out of 5
St. Louis +1.5 (-122): 1 Star out of 5

Like most wild card games, this game features an exciting starting pitching matchup between Max Scherzer of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Scherzer has been unbelievable since arriving in Los Angeles, posting a 1.98 ERA in 11 starts on the Dodgers and a 2.46 ERA and 2.89 xERA for the year. Scherzer should be expected to limit the Cardinal’s offense, as St. Louis only averages 4.36 runs per game, which ranks 20th in MLB.

Wainwright has a 3.05 ERA and 3.84 xERA in 206.1 innings pitched this season. Despite the discrepancy in ERA and xERA, there is reason to believe that Wainwright’s ERA is sustainable, at least on this current roster, as he has been aided by the Cardinals' strong defense all season long. The Cardinals are second in defensive runs saved at +82, and their strong defense has been a huge reason for their success this season.

Our model projects a close, low scoring game to take place on Wednesday. We like the Dodgers to win 4.06-3.22, but we like the Cardinals to cover the runline of 1.5. We also like the under at 7.5 runs total.