It is the afternoon series finale between Los Angeles and St. Louis and those betting baseball are at least contemplating if the Cardinals have cooled off the Dodgers and can earn a series split.
On a nice 6-1 run against the MLB odds, checkout what I am thinking today.
Brandon McCarthy (5-1, 3.28 ERA) tweaked his knee during his last start Sunday, but that did not prevent him from throwing six innings of shutout baseball, conceding only two hits and striking out six against the slumping Cubs. McCarthy continues to showcase his skills when he finds a rhythm, he’s only allowing a .229 batting average (.264 lifetime). During the daytime he’s been even sharper at 4-0 and .161 BA allowed. McCarthy has no record against St. Louis is three starts with 4.15 ERA.
For those wondering if Adam Wainwright (5-3, 4.20) was approaching the finish line at 35, hold that thought. In the right-hander’s past three starts he a puny 0.44 ERA and he’s won four in row. Wainwright’s success has come about with more off-speed breaking pitches and changeups, which has enhanced his fastball, which is topping out at about 91 MPH. He will look to keep Los Angeles hitters off-balance in the same manner and is 4-6 (3.28 ERA) against them.