Game 5 of the NLCS continues on Wednesday night for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals. Join us for our free MLB picks for Game 5 of this series, as these two teams battle it out at Dodger Stadium.
NLCS Game 5 Picks: St. Louis Cardinals @ Los Angeles Dodgers
Date: Wednesday, October 16th, 4:00 ET
Location: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Cardinals vs. Dodgers Live TV: TBS
St. Louis Cardinals (Joe Kelly) Off
Los Angeles Dodgers (Zack Greinke) Off
As of around 8:00 AM on Wednesday, there is still no MLB line posted for this game, but it isn’t going to stop us from telling you that we like the Cardinals in this one as long as they are underdogs, as we expect that they will be by a hefty margin. This game is going to act as a sendoff for LA more than anything else, as this is clearly the last home game of the season. The Dodgers aren’t going to be beating the Cards in three straight games, let alone when the last two are on the road, and Game 7 would feature RHP Adam Wainwright, who has already been beaten once in this series. It’s more possible in baseball than in any other sport, but it still isn’t all that likely when push comes to shove.
The Dodgers should have the edge here with RHP Zack Greinke, but when you really look at it, there hasn’t been a game yet in this postseason where you can say that he really dominated. Perhaps this will be that day, but we just don’t see it. RHP Joe Kelly has been just like the rest of these young St. Louis pitchers. They’re all big guys who can whip the ball up there at 98 MPH on the radar gun, and they have all seemed to work out for Manager Mike Matheny. On top of that, the Dodgers just aren’t getting hits. Plain and simple. Scoring seven runs in four games isn’t going to cut it. The bats for St. Louis aren’t exactly lighting up the world ,but at least they are staying consistent. They aren’t going to end up in a situation where they get shut out again in this one. Matheny knows the importance of finishing off this series before having to go back home, as this would give the team a full week off to prep for the Fall Classic and give plenty of time to set up the rotation the way that he wants it to be. Don’t even be all that shocked if the Cards go all out to finish this one tonight before going back home.
Cardinals @ Dodgers Game 5 Pick: St. Louis Cardinals
Cardinals @ Dodgers Score Prediction: Cardinals 5 – Dodgers 2