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Both teams come into play after an off day but other than that enter the series on very different trajectories. The Dodgers have won seven straight and 11 of their past 12 while the Cardinals are just 3-6 in their past nine games. Both teams have been consistently going under, but neither team has an ace on the mound, so that doesn’t feel reliable. Instead, we’re going to go with the team that’s been unbeatable in July.
The Dodgers to cover the spread (+110)
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Garcia’s 2022 record: (26-17)
The Dodgers staff is loaded with talent and one of the up-and-comers is Mitch White.
The 27-year-old is in his third year in the MLB but is still working his way into being a starter every fifth day. That said, he’s been solid when given his chances this season. White has made 12 appearances with seven starts this season, and currently is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and has 39 strikeouts in 40 innings.
White comes off his best start of the season, when he threw 5.2 innings giving up just one unearned run on one hit, four walks and six strikeouts.
The Cardinals will counter with rookie Matthew Liberatore, who is making just the seventh start of his MLB career in what will certainly be the most challenging appearance yet.
The 22-year-old lefty is 2-1 with a 4.74 ERA, 1.74 WHIP and has 22 strikeouts in 24.2 innings.
He’s alternated tough starts with very good starts in his short career – giving up four runs, no runs, four runs, no runs, five runs and no runs in his first six starts. His main problem is the amount of traffic he’s allowed, giving up 29 hits and 14 walks in just 24.2 innings.
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If the recent trend of the Cardinals is any indication, don’t expect it. St. Louis has scored three runs or fewer in nine of its last 12 games and has been shutout in four of its past nine.
Still, St. Louis has a number of truly dominant bats including Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, Nolan Gorman, Brendan Donovan, Tommy Edman and Dylan Carlson.
Goldschmidt is second in the league in batting average and OPS, Arenado is top 20 in home runs, RBIs and OPS, Tommy Edman is one of just six players with a WAR of 4.2 or better (Goldschmidt and Arenado are two of the others).
The Dodgers aren’t short on offense either, with six players who have a 1.5 WAR or better.
Five every day players who have a .750 OPS or better against left-handed pitching, but nobody has been as good as Will Smith. The catcher is hitting .304 (18-for-59) with four home runs, 10 RBIs and a .957 OPS against southpaws on the season.
The X-factor to watch for the Dodgers is the second best athlete in his family but still someone to keep an eye on.
Trayce Thompson, younger brother of Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, is 13-for-54 with four extra base hits (two doubles and two home runs) since he was acquired from the Tigers minor league organization and has an .818 OPS in 20 at-bats against left-handed pitching.
For St. Louis, we will look at the future Hall-of-Famer Albert Pujols. The DH announced he will participate in the home run derby in the All-Star game next week and has already started practicing that stroke.
Pujols is 5-for-10 with a double, a home run and two RBIs over his past six games.
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|Dodgers vs Cardinals Information|
|Teams||Los Angeles Dodgers vs St. Louis Cardinals|
|Location||Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri|
|Time||Tuesday, July 12, 7:45 p.m. EST|
|How to watch||TBS|
Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.More info on Tony Garcia
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