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Cardinals vs. Dodgers odds, score prediction, time: 2024 MLB picks, Sunday Night Baseball bets by proven model

The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to earn their first series win of the year when they take on the St. Louis Cardinals in a Sunday Night Baseball matchup. Los Angeles won the first two games of the series 7-1 and 6-3, before falling 6-5 in 10 innings on Saturday. The Cardinals (1-2), who finished fifth in the National League Central at 71-91 in 2023, have won five division titles since 2013 and have made the postseason in four of the past five seasons. The Dodgers (3-2), who have dominated the NL West with 10 division titles since 2013, have made the postseason in each of the last 11 years.

First pitch from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles is set for 7:10 p.m. ET.  Los Angeles is a -180 favorite on the money line (risk $180 to win $100) in the latest Cardinals vs. Dodgers odds from SportsLine consensus, while the total number of runs Vegas thinks will be scored, or the over/under, is 9. Before making any Dodgers vs. Cardinals picks, be sure to see the MLB predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every MLB game 10,000 times. It is coming off a profitable 93-74 season on top-rated MLB picks, and it excelled on top-rated run-line picks, going 18-6 (+766). Anybody following has seen big returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Cardinals vs. Dodgers and just locked in its picks and MLB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several MLB odds and betting lines for Dodgers vs. Cardinals:

  • Cardinals vs. Dodgers money line: St. Louis +151, Los Angeles -180
  • Cardinals vs. Dodgers over/under: 9 runs
  • Cardinals vs. Dodgers run line: Los Angeles -1.5 (+111)
  • STL: The Cardinals have a minus-8 run differential this season
  • LAD: The Dodgers lead the league with 34 runs scored
  • Cardinals vs. Dodgers picks: See picks at SportsLine

Why you should back the Dodgers

Catcher Will Smith has been on a roll. In Saturday’s loss to the Cardinals, he was 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI. He has hits in all five games in 2024, including a 4-for-6, one-double and two-RBI effort in a 15-11 loss to San Diego on March 21. He has hit St. Louis well throughout his career. In 23 games, he is hitting .315 with four doubles, one triple, three homers and 12 RBI.

First baseman Freddie Freeman is one of four Dodgers hitting above .300. In 18 at-bats, he has six hits, including a homer and four RBI. He was 3-for-5 against the Cardinals on Saturday, driving in one run. He has blistered St. Louis pitching throughout his career. In 41 career games against the Cardinals, he is hitting .379 with 13 doubles, one triple, 11 homers, 32 RBI and six stolen bases. See which team to pick here

Why you should back the Cardinals

Left-hander Steven Matz will start for St. Louis. Matz started 17 games last year, making 25 appearances and going 4-7 with a 3.86 ERA. In 105 innings pitched, he allowed 108 hits, 45 earned runs, 32 walks and struck out 98. He was 0-1 against the Dodgers in 2023 and, in six career starts against Los Angeles, is 3-2 with a 3.18 ERA.

Veteran first baseman Paul Goldschmidt helps power the Cardinals. In three games in 2024, he is batting .300 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored. In 82 career games against the Dodgers, he is hitting .267 with 20 doubles, 21 homers and 60 RBI. He has 12 stolen bases in 13 career attempts against Los Angeles. See which team to pick here

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