Friday night’s game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium should be sponsored by the letter K Dalton Pompey Jersey , because there figures to be more than a few strikeouts.If young right-handers Walker Buehler of the Dodgers and Jack Flaherty of the Cardinals pitch on Friday as they did Aug. 22 when they faced each other at Chavez Ravine, runs and solid contact might be at a premium in a game dripping with pennant-race pressure.Buehler (6-5, 3.09 ERA) fired seven shutout innings in that game against the Cardinals last month, permitting just three hits and two walks while whiffing nine. Flaherty (8-6, 2.92) owned a no-hitter until Joc Pederson cracked a solo homer with one out in the bottom of the sixth. It was the only hit Flaherty, who walked two and fanned 10, allowed in six innings.Article continues below ...Los Angeles’ bullpen gave it up in the last two innings that night. Tyler O’Neill clouted a pinch-homer off Scott Alexander in the eighth and Paul DeJong drilled a tie-breaking two-run shot off Kenley Jansen in the ninth to give St. Louis a 3-1 win that polished off a series sweep.The Cardinals (81-66) lead the Dodgers (80-67) by one game in the race for the National League’s second wild-card spot, thanks to Los Angeles’ 9-7 win Thursday night. The Dodgers led wire-to-wire, including 8-1 at one point, yet couldn’t really exhale until Matt Adams grounded out to first as the potential tying run to end the game.Manny Machado starred for Los Angeles with three hits, including a double and his 34th homer of the year in the seventh inning.“I just tried to go up there and be myself http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/au...o-osuna-jersey , have quality at-bats,” Machado said to Sportsnet LA. “Every out, every pitch from now on counts. One play can turn things around, so we have to be on top of it. We did everything we needed to do today.”The Dodgers, who at times have experienced terrible difficulties hitting with runners in scoring position over the last month, set the game’s tone with a great at-bat in that situation in the first inning. David Freese taxed rookie left-hander Austin Gomber for 14 pitches, fouling off nine of them, before lacing a two-run triple down the left-field line.Freese, who gets cheered during every at-bat in St. Louis because he was the 2011 World Series Most Valuable Player for the Cardinals, was acquired just before the Aug. 31 waiver deadline from Pittsburgh.“It’s always great coming back here and seeing the fans,” Freese said. “I’m excited to be a part of this. I’m on the back end of my career Roberto Alomar Jersey , sitting at 35 years old.”One of Freese’s former Cardinals teammates made his way back into the lineup Thursday night for this big series. All-Star catcher Yadier Molina (hamstring) missed six games, and probably isn’t 100 percent, but St. Louis wanted him back in there.The Cardinals plan for him to catch every game in the series except for Saturday, which is a 12:05 p.m. start after the Friday night game.“He’s very confident he can regulate himself in what he’s doing so not to have a setback, which we clearly don’t need,” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said of Molina. Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty ImagesThe American League champion Boston Red Sox will host Game 1 of the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday as solid home favorites at sportsbooks after taking four straight from the Houston Astros.The Red Sox took care of the defending World Series champs by sweeping them on the road in three games, and they also had the best home record in MLB during the regular season at 57-24.MLB betting line: The Red Sox opened as -136 favorites (wager $136 to win $100); the total is at 7.5 runs, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)MLB betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 5.5-2.1, Dodgers (MLB picks on every game)Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or Spotify or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week鈥檚 top sports betting news.Why the Dodgers can pay on the MLB linesThe Dodgers showed a lot of poise and character in overcoming a 2-1 deficit versus the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Championship Series and winning Game 7 on the road. That put Los Angeles back in the World Series again this year despite some bumps along the way dating back to the middle of May when they were 10 games under the .500 mark at 16-26.Now Los Angeles will send ace Clayton Kershaw to the mound (9-5 http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/au...molitor-jersey , 2.73 ERA) in the series opener at Fenway Park even though he has continued to be up-and-down in the playoffs throughout his career. Why the Red Sox can pay on the MLB linesBoston is hoping ace Chris Sale (12-4, 2.11 ERA) can overcome a rough start in Game 1 of the ALCS on October 13 when he gave up two runs in four innings with four walks and five strikeouts in an eventual 7-2 loss to Houston.The good news is that the 29-year-old only allowed one hit to the Astros, and he is over the stomach illness that reportedly plagued him that weekend. This is exactly why the Red Sox traded for Sale two years ago, to get back to the World Series and have a legitimate ace who can dominate.Smart betting pickThis will likely be a long series between two great teams where managing could well be the difference. How Los Angeles' Dave Roberts and Boston's Alex Cora handle their respective lineups and pitchers will be the key, starting right away in Game 1.Both teams have shown the ability to rebound from adversity, so the loser of this game is not out of it by any means. But Game 1 is more critical for Sale, who must prove he can pitch in the spotlight. The Red Sox have won seven of the past 10 meetings with the Dodgers, according to the OddsShark MLB Database, so they are the play here.MLB betting trendsBoston is 6-1 in its last seven games.The total has gone over in four of Boston's last five games.Los Angeles is 3-7 in its last 10 games when playing Boston.All MLB odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report's official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app.