Los Angeles Dodgers vs St Louis Cardinals 5-18-2023

Los Angeles Dodgers vs St. Louis Cardinals 5/18/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Los Angeles Dodgers vs St. Louis Cardinals 5/18/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


The Los Angeles Dodgers are returning to Missouri to open a National League four-game road series versus the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Thursday evening.


The LA Dodgers improved to 28-16 overall, 11-9 when playing on the road, and topped all teams in the NL West with three games ahead of Arizona in second place while posting a +57 run difference throughout the campaign.


The Dodgers enter this four-game battle after winning seven of the last eight contests, including the series finale against the Minnesota Twins at 7-3 last time out.


On Wednesday, the LA Dodgers rallied with a five-run blast in the seventh frame while driving in a total of nine hits with two errors in the victory.   


1B Freddie Freeman powered the offense for the Dodgers after posting a batting average of .312 while adding a team-high 53 hits for the season.


RF Mookie Betts also played good baseball averaging .244 at the plate, while Catcher Will Smith batted an average of .323 after he got back in action.


3B Max Muncy augmented the offense for the LA Dodgers with 14 home runs and 32 RBIs this year. The Los Angeles Dodgers will give the ball to southpaw Julio Urias (5-3, 3.61 ERA, 52 Ks) to start the series opener on Thursday.


The left-handed thrower conceded 47 hits, nine free walks, and ten homers in 52.1 lP.  


Starting Pitchers Alex Reyes (shoulder) and Ryan Pepiot (oblique) are on a 60-day lL, while starters Jimmy Nelson (elbow) and Michael Grove (groin) are on a 15-day lL.


SP Dustin May (elbow) is on a 10-day lL, and RP Daniel Hudson (knee) is on a 60-day lL. 2B Gavin Lux (ACL) is out for the season.     


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Los Angeles Dodgers vs St. Louis Cardinals Predictions 5/18/2023


The St. Louis Cardinals will continue a homestand looking for their second straight victory when facing the Los Angeles Dodgers in a four-game competition to start on Thursday night.


St. Louis improved to 18-26 overall, 8-14 at home play, and stayed trapped in the basement of the NL Central with 6.5 games behind Milwaukee in the first place while putting up a run difference of +9 for the year.


The Cardinals won five of the last six contests played before coming into this match-up, including the recent home triumph over the Brewers in the series finale last game out.


Last night, SP Matthew Liberatore (1-0, 0.00 ERA) pitched for 5.0 innings with zero earned runs allowed and granted three free walks while striking out six batters in the win.  


1B Paul Goldschmidt put some sparks in the offense of St. Louis with a team-leading batting average of .306, an on-base percentage at .395, and 52 hits, while Designated Hitter Nolan Gorman chipped in a team-high ten home runs and 33 RBIs for the Cardinals.


On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals will counter with right-hander Adam Wainwright to start the series opener versus the LA Dodgers.


Wainwright is 0-0 with 7.20 ERA, 1.70 WHlP, and seven strikeouts, yielding 15 hits, two free bases, and two homers in 10.0 innings of work in his starts.


The St. Louis Cardinals reported five players included in the injured list.


Pitchers Jake Woods (15-day lL) and Wilking Rodriguez (60-day lL) both have an injured shoulder, while Relief Pitcher Packy Naughton (forearm) is on a 15-day injured list status.


Right Fielder Tyler O’Neill (back) and Center Fielder Dylan Carlson (ankle) are on a 10-day injured list. 


Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals. The MLB Pick for this contest is Los Angeles -145.


The Dodgers are the dominant team here, and they will take control of this match-up on the road with an 11-9 record against the ailing unit, the Cardinals.


LA is far better on both sides of the plate and will outmatch the struggling St. Louis team on Thursday. The prediction is that the Los Angeles Dodgers will win 7-4.


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Los Angeles Dodgers vs St. Louis Cardinals 5/18/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 7:45 PM ET


Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri  


Date: Thursday, May 18, 2023 




MLB Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles Dodgers -145    


MLB Totals: 8.5


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