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Cardinals-Dodgers game on Sept. 23 will be streamed only

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Baseball announcer Melaine Newman

Baltimore Orioles announcer Melanie Newman has done the play-by-play of two Cardinals games this season for Apple TV+. 

Apple TV+ has selected the Cardinals-Dodgers game on Sept. 23 to be part of its Friday night streaming-only video deal with Major League Baseball, it was announced Thursday. That means it will not be shown on Bally Sports Midwest — or any other traditional television channel.

That late-season matchup, in Los Angeles at 9:10 p.m. (St. Louis time), pits the visiting team that is currently teetering on making the playoffs against the club with the best record in the National League. Apple has Friday night doubleheaders and on Sept. 23 also will have the Red Sox-Yankees contest at 6:05 p.m. The productions are free to view.

It will be the fifth, and final, Cards game this season to be exclusively streamed. Apple has shown road contests against the Reds and Pirates, as well as a home matchup with the Cubs. Peacock streams games on Sunday mornings, and carried an early season Redbirds game in Pittsburgh.

Trades have little impact on Cards’ odds

The Cardinals made a couple moves ahead of the trade deadline this week, bolstering their pitching staff. And while most analysts consider the team to be at least somewhat improved as a result of the activity that took place late Monday night and Tuesday afternoon, the oddsmakers are only mildly impressed.

Three land-based casinos in the St. Louis market have sportsbooks, and the odds on the Cardinals winning the National League pennant and World Series dropped only slightly at those locations after the Cards’ actions.

At FanDuel Sportsbook and Horse Racing (formerly Fairmount Park) in Collinsville, the Cards’ odds for being the NL champions were 17-1 early Monday evening, before either move was made, and by Thursday had dipped to 15-1. Their World Series-winning odds were steady, at 35-1 before and after the deadline.

DraftKings at Casino Queen, in East St. Louis, had the Monday odds of them winning the NL crown at 20-1, then on Thursday it was 19-1. Their Series-winning odds ticked down, from 50-1 to 45-1.

In Alton, the Cardinals’ pre-trade odds at Argosy casino were 12-1 to claim the NL flag and 33-1 to win the Series. After the fact, they were 12-1 and 30-1, respectively.

On a side note, the difference in prices at the three gambling facilities underscores the importance of shopping around for the best numbers for those who intend to bet a decent amount.

Dan Caesar • 314-340-8175

@caesardan on Twitter

dcaesar@post-dispatch.com

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