Cardinals vs Dodgers Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for April 30 (Back a High-Scoring Game Early On in LA)
By Larry Rupp
The St. Louis Cardinals (10-18) aim to avoid a devastating sweep when they face the Los Angeles Dodgers (15-13) in the final matchup of their three-game series on Sunday, April 30.
Cardinals vs Dodgers Game Info
- Date: Sunday, April 30, 2023
- Time: 4:10 p.m. ET
- Venue: Dodgers Stadium -- Los Angeles, California
- Coverage: ESPN+, SNLA and BS-MW
The Dodgers opened the scoring in the second inning during Saturday's contest against the Cardinals and that turned out to be the only run scored in a 1-0 win. Clayton Kershaw impressed on the mound as he allowed only 2 hits and racked up 9 strikeouts across 7.0 shutout innings of work.
Cardinals vs Dodgers Odds & Spread
- All MLB betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Moneyline: STL: (+128) | LAD: (-152)
- Spread: STL: +1.5 (-150) | LAD: -1.5 (+125)
- Total: 10 -- Over: (-106) | Under: (-114)
The Dodgers enter this contest as home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 4:10 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 10 runs with the under being favored at -114 odds.
Cardinals vs Dodgers Betting Trends
- St. Louis is 1-4 straight up in its last five away games.
- The total has hit the under in four of St. Louis' last six games.
- The Dodgers are 6-1 straight up in its last seven games against St. Louis.
- The total has hit the under in five of the Dodgers' last seven home games.
Cardinals vs Dodgers Prediction & Pick
The Dodgers have proven in this series that they are capable of winning with dominance at the plate (7 runs in Game 1) and they are also capable of winning with superiority on the mound (3 hits allowed in Game 2). The Cardinals are in an undeniable slump right now, losing seven of their last nine games.
St. Louis will look to get back in the win column with Jake Woodford on the mound Sunday afternoon. The 26-year-old owns a 1-2 record on the season with a 5.47 ERA across five starts. LA will counter with a veteran starter in Noah Syndergaard, who has struggled with a 6.58 ERA and 0-3 record so far.
Neither team has a pitching advantage here, which makes focusing on the offenses crucial. The Dodgers rank among the top 10 teams in baseball in terms of runs per game, slugging percentage and home run percentage. St. Louis notably ranks outside the top 10 in all three of those categories.
I'll back the Dodgers to secure a sweep as they continue to keep pace in the NL West division.
Final Score Prediction: Dodgers: 6 | Cardinals: 5
Cardinals vs Dodgers Best Bet
As mentioned above, neither Woodford or Syndergaard have been stellar by any means this season. In fact, the two pitchers have combined to allow at least 3 earned runs in six of their 10 starts this season. The Dodgers average 3.14 runs in the first five innings of home games and the Cardinals are in desperate need of an improved offensive outing. That lines up with a recipe for success on Sunday.
Bet: First Five Innings - Over 5.5 Total Runs (-108)
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