Wed, Jun 2, 2021
By Jim Vassallo (Veri.bet Writer)
The Los Angeles Dodgers host the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, June 2, at 9:10 PM ET at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.
The Dodgers (32-23, 3rd place in the NL West) look to grab the series victory against the Cardinals (31-24, 2nd place in the NL Central).
These two teams split the first two games of the series, which were the first times the teams have met so far in the 2021 season.
Walker Buehler takes the ball for Los Angeles with a 3-0 record and an impressive 2.66 ERA. He has struck out 62 hitters in 64.1 innings pitched.
The Cardinals counter on the mound with Carlos Martinez. Martinez is 3-4 with an ERA of 4.22. He has struck out 30 hitters in 53.1 innings pitched and has walked 16.
After winning the first game of this series, the Dodgers dropped game two to the Cardinals by a score of 3-2.
The Cardinals secured the win via a running catch from Tyler O’Neill, which came after Edmundo Sosa hit the eventual game-winning RBI single in the top of the ninth inning.
The victory was a big one of the Cardinals, who received bad news about starting pitcher Jack Flaherty prior to the game. Their ace is expected to miss anywhere from a couple of weeks to multiple months because of an oblique injury.
"Nobody hung their heads. We found a way to get it done. Grit is a high compliment for this team," St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said.
The catch by O’Neill to end the game preserved the 16th save of the year for Cardinals’ closer Alex Reyes.
"Those are just go get 'em plays, just full throttle," O'Neill said. "I got a good first step on it. I knew I had to go get it. It was either going to be at the track, at the wall or over the wall. That's where I was going. I was timing my jump and it all kind of lined up."
The Cardinals received six shutout innings from starter John Gant.
"Seeing those guys work is a beautiful thing. What they do kind of allows us to go out there and throw with a little more confidence," Gant said of the St. Louis defense. "Not maybe make plays. They're gonna make plays."
The Dodgers are now just 7-13 in one-run games in 2021.
"It was remarkable. The line score doesn't tell the story of the at-bats we took. Across the board, those guys made a lot of good plays," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said about the Cardinals defense in last night’s game.
Los Angeles is favored by -1.5 runs against the Cardinals at home and has the -240 money line on their side. With Buehler on the hill for the Dodgers, it’s tough to bet against them. Place your bets on the Dodgers tonight over the Cardinals as they keep pace in the NL West race.