Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals Pick – MLB July 13, 2022

The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals meet for the second of three games at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals opened up this tilt in St. Louis with a 7-6 win last night. They just about gave up a 6-1 lead, but were able to prevail for a 1-run victory.

Mitch White had a performance that he should quickly throw into the garbage disposal. That was not well done by White, as he allowed 10 hits and 6 earned runs through 5 innings of work. White didn’t give the Dodgers much of a chance at all after getting behind early.

JUST MISSED
The Cardinals didn’t get what they wanted out of starter Matthew Liberatore. He had a poor performance with 4 hits and 3 earned runs allowed in 4.1 innings. If the Dodgers had a tough starter on the mound, last night would have been a different final score.

The Dodgers lost, but still enjoy a 7.5-game lead in the NL West over the San Diego Padres. The Padres need Fernando Tatis Jr. back in the second half to make a run at the Dodgers. It will still be tough, but the offense should open up for the Padres with his bat inserted into the lineup.

The Dodgers have been good, but I don’t believe they’ve reached their full potential this season yet.

They have won 56 games, which is good for the most in the National League. It’s weird saying a team hasn’t reached their full potential with that success, but they’ve had to work really hard to win tight games. Blowing teams out hasn’t been as common as we’ve seen from them in the past.

What’s this mean for the postseason? Little, at least if the Dodgers add some depth to their rotation. Getting Dustin May back would help, but the Buehler situation puts them in a tough spot.

In any event, the Dodgers have a Cy Young arm in their rotation, and he’s pitching tonight. Tony Gonsolin has the ball to open this one at Busch Stadium. Veteran Adam Wainwright is scheduled for the Cardinals.

Head below for our free Dodgers vs. Cardinals prediction on July 13, 2022.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals Live Betting Odds:

MLB Odds Courtesy of Bovada:
Team Spread Moneyline Total
Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5 (+115) -155 Over 8 (-105)
St. Louis Cardinals +1.5 (-135) +130 Under 8 (-115)
Team Data Los Angeles Dodgers St. Louis Cardinals
Overall Record 56-30 48-42
Away/Home Record 26-17 27-18
Batting Average .251 .247
Batting Average Away/Home .255 .249
Runs Per 9 5.19 4.57
Team ERA 2.96 3.74
Team ERA Away/Home 2.84 3.36

Dodgers vs. Cardinals Prediction:

The Dodgers have leaned heavily on the arm of Tony Gonsolin this season. Gonsolin has accepted the challenge and pitching exceptionally well. He waited patiently for an opportunity in the starting rotation as a full-timer.

So well that Gonsolin is in Cy Young contention going into the All-Star Game.

Gonsolin is going into Busch Stadium with an ERA of 1.62 and a 0.80 WHIP. The ace of the Dodgers’ pitching staff isn’t Walker Buehler or even Clayton Kershaw. This honor belongs to Gonsolin.

CY YOUNG?
Gonsolin has been consistently doing this as well. He has yielded 2 or fewer earned runs in all 16 starts this season. He sure looks like the top contender for the NL Cy Young.

Gonsolin has posted an ERA of 1.77 and a 0.74 WHIP in his previous three attempts. It’s likely another good night for Gonsolin. There hasn’t been a team that has figured him out thus far.

Overall, the Dodgers are second in the majors with 3.35 runs allowed per 9 innings.

The bullpen has an ERA of 3.30 and a 1.11 WHIP for sixth in the major leagues. The Cardinals’ offense has not been holding up well recently, as they’ve scored just 2.43 runs per 9 innings and a .221 batting average in their last ten attempts.

LA Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends:

Dodgers

  • Record (Last 10): 9-1
  • 5-0 overall in their previous five games on a Wednesday
  • 2-7 overall in their previous nine games at St. Louis
  • UNDER is 6-1 in their previous seven games versus a team with a winning record
  • UNDER is 10-1-2 in their previous 13 second game of a series
  • UNDER is 4-1-1 in their previous six games on the road

Cardinals

  • Record (Last 10): 4-6
  • 5-0 overall in their previous five games versus the NL West
  • 5-1 overall in their previous six games versus a team with a winning percentage better than 60%
  • UNDER is 8-0 in their previous eight games versus a right-handed starter
  • UNDER is 8-0 in their previous eight games versus a starter with a WHIP below 1.15
  • UNDER is 16-4-1 in their previous 21 games

  • Adam Wainwright is likely the best chance for the Cardinals to record a win tonight. Wainwright carries an ERA of 3.15 and a 1.21 WHIP into Wednesday night.

    He is getting older, but Wainwright continues to produce as a 40-year-old.

    The road has been tough for Wainwright, though he’s been in strong form at home. Wainwright owns a 2.21 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in St. Louis at Busch Stadium.

    He’s pitching well with an ERA of 2.49 and a 1.02 WHIP in his last three starts. I don’t know if Wainwright is perfect in this one, but he should keep the Cards hanging around against Gonsolin.

    I’m looking at playing the UNDER in what should be a pitcher’s game between Gonsolin and Wainwright tonight.

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Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

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