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MLB Odds: Important NL Battle in Dodgers-Cards

by: Staff Writer - posted on: 13-Sep-2018

There isn't a lot of drama left in the American League postseason hunt. The National League is a different story; Sunday night's game between the Los Angeles Dodgers (79-67, minus-28.11 betting units) and the St. Louis Cardinals (81-65, plus-4.67 units) has playoff ramifications for both clubs – and many others surrounding them in the NL standings. First pitch from Busch Stadium is 8:05 PM ET on ESPN.

The Cardinals are third in the NL Central at press time, but they're well within reach of the division-leading Chicago Cubs – and they currently hold down the league's No. 2 Wild Card berth, just behind the Milwaukee Brewers. The Dodgers trail St. Louis by a neck in the Wild Card standings, but they're also chasing down the Colorado Rockies for first in the NL West.

Adam Wainwright (4.70 ERA) has already been pencilled in to pitch for the Cardinals. The Dodgers have yet to decide their starter; they've juggled their rotation to give Clayton Kershaw the nod Thursday in Game 1 of this series. Walker Buehler and Rich Hill will follow on Friday and Saturday. Sunday could end up being a "bullpen game" for LA, perhaps with Ross Stripling (2.61 ERA) as their opener.