Dodgers Hope to Avoid Sweep
Wednesday, August 22 at 10:00 PM ET
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Odds: Dodgers -158-moneyline favorites. The Total is 7.5 -110 at Jazz Sports.
The Los Angeles Dodgers look to avoid a three-game sweep when they host the St. Louis Cardinals.
Flaherty wins third straight start
Jack Flaherty (7-6, 3.05 ERA, 1.08 WHIP) tossed six scoreless innings against the Brewers last Friday. He surrendered three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in a 5-2 win.
This was Flaherty’s second time throwing six scoreless innings in his last two starts. This brought his ERA down to 3.05 and his WHIP to 1.08 through 109 1/3 innings. He’s recorded 134 strikeouts and just 39 walks for a 3.44 strikeout-to-walk ratio (K/BB).
The Cardinals have scored 579 runs (13th in the majors), putting up 4.56 runs per game (14th), hitting .250 (14th) with 163 home runs (9th).
St. Louis ranks 6th with a 3.69 ERA, 14th with a 1.29 WHIP and 19th with 1032 strikeouts. Their bullpen ranks 18th with a 4.16 ERA.
Matt Carpenter leads the Cardinals with 34 home runs and a .386 OBP. He’s second on the team with 69 RBI. Jose Martinez has 15 home runs and team-bests with a .308 batting average and 72 RBI.
Buehler has dominant outing in Seattle
Walker Buehler (6-4, 3.19 ERA, 1.04 WHIP) allowed just one earned run on three hits. He allowed one home run, two walks with eight strikeouts over six innings in an 11-1 win against the Mariners last Friday.
Buehler hasn’t given up more than two earned runs in any of his last four starts. He has gone 2-1 with a 1.43 ERA while recording 29 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings for an average of 10.40 strikeouts per nine innings (K/9).
The Dodgers have scored 599 runs (8th in the majors), putting up 4.72 runs per game (9th), hitting .244 (20th) with 175 home runs (2nd).
Los Angeles ranks 3rd with a 3.50 ERA, 2nd with a 1.17 WHIP and 4th with 1210 strikeouts. Their bullpen ranks 13th with a 3.91 ERA.
Max Muncy leads the Dodgers with 28 home runs. Yasmani Grandal has 21 home runs and 59 RBI and Cody Bellinger has 20 home runs, 60 RBI and a team-best 117 hits.
The St. Louis Cardinals are:
1-4 in Flaherty’s last five starts with four days of rest
0-4 in Flaherty’s last four Wednesday starts
The Los Angeles Dodgers are:
35-17 in their last 52 games after losing the first two games of a series
4-0 in Buehler’s last four starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance
4-1 in Buehler’s last five home starts
The Dodgers really need this game after losing the first two of this series. They want to keep pace with the Diamondbacks and Rockies in the National League West.
Walker Buehler has a solid 2.77 ERA in nine home games (eight starts) and he’s 2-0 with a 1.47 ERA in three August starts.
The Dodgers are 20-6 in their last 26 during game 3 of a series. They will be desperate, grab a lead and never look back. Jack Flaherty is pitching well but he does have a 3.48 ERA in 13 night starts.
MLB Pick: Dodgers -158 at Jazz Sportsbook
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