NL Wildcard Betting Preview/Player Prop
06 October 2021
It will be the Los Angeles Dodgers hosting the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Wild Card Game on Wednesday night. The winner of this game will advance to the NLDS to take on the San Francisco Giants.
St. Louis looked to be buried in the standings for much of the season, but the Cardinals were able to catch fire in September. The Cardinals finished the regular season with 90 wins, and they have some momentum coming into this game.
Los Angeles finished the regular season with a record of 106-56, which was the second-best record in baseball. The Dodgers weren’t able to track down the San Francisco Giants in the NL West, which is why they are in this game.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are the moneyline favorites at -226 over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.
Wainwright Must Lead Cardinals
Adam Wainwright will be making this start for the St. Louis Cardinals, and the veteran arguably had the best year of his career. Wainwright went 17-7 with a 3.05 ERA in 2021, and he has been known to come up big for this Cardinals team when they need it.
The offense of the Cardinals is going to have to give their ace some support, and that has been a challenge at times. Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt lead the way, but there are some other power hitters in that order.
Arenado led the team with 34 home runs and 105 RBIs during the regular season, and he has plenty of familiarity with Dodger Stadium. St. Louis doesn’t want to get into a slugfest with Los Angeles, but that offense must produce.
Dodgers Must Deliver on Offense
The Los Angeles Dodgers could be without Max Muncy on Wednesday night due to injury, and that would be a massive blow. Muncy hit 36 home runs and drove in 94 runs this season to power the middle of that lineup.
The Dodgers are hitting just .244 as a team this season, but there is plenty of thunder in that lineup. Los Angeles is facing a pitcher that is known for limiting damage, and they will need to get some big hits in this one.
Max Scherzer starts for the Dodgers on Wednesday, and he will likely be named the NL Cy Young at the conclusion of the year. Scherzer went 15-4 with a 2.46 ERA this season, but he was even better after joining the Dodgers.
Dodgers Destroy Cardinals
The Cardinals are coming into this game with plenty of momentum, but they are also coming in completely overmatched. St. Louis is hoping that their veteran ace can just keep them in the game, but the Cardinals are facing a dominant starting pitcher.
Max Scherzer was brought over to Los Angeles for moments just like this, and he will be ready to seize his opportunity on Wednesday night. Don’t expect St. Louis to do much scoring, and that will allow the Dodgers to break this thing wide open.
It’s been a great run for the Cardinals in September, but the season ends in the NL Wild Card Game. Bet the Los Angeles Dodgers -2.5 over the St. Louis Cardinals as the home team takes complete control on Wednesday night.
Corey Seager (-440) Over 0.5 Hits
It’s hard to believe Seager might not be a Dodger after this season, but the acquisition of Trea Turner at the trade deadline may mean LA doesn’t resign its long-time shortstop.
But then again, the postseason is when Seager has shined brightest and may have the Dodger brass reconsidering if he puts together a run like last year. He hit .310 with 5 HRs against Atlanta to win the NLCS MVP and then topped that by hitting .400 with 2 HRs against Tampa Bay to win the WS MVP.
While he only played in 95 games during the regular season this year, he was still productive enough to hit .306 and lead the team in on-base percentage at .394. And he definitely has been heating up as the postseason approached with a .375 average with 9 HRs and 21 RBI over the last month.
With the postseason being Seager time, we’ll take the Dodger shortstop (-440) to pick up at least one hit tonight against the Cardinals.
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