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MLB Pick: Burns betting the Cardinals -117 odds over the Cubs on September 25th 2017

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals
MLB Betting Pick: STL -117 odds (September 25th 2017)
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On Friday, Ben Burns easily won his free play on Winnipeg. Saturday’s complimentary release resulted in a “never in doubt cover” on Boston College. Yesterday’s free ticket saw the Bills beat Denver, outright. Of course, Burns was also busy winning his “big” plays. He’d follow up a 4-2 Saturday by delivering a PERFECT 6-0 “SWEEP” on Sunday, 5-0 in the NFL.

Also on a 20-2 HEATER at the ballpark, Ben takes a look at Monday’s Cubs/Cards contest:

Lester got roughed up last time out, surrendering seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. He’d walk three batters without recording a strikeout. That gives him 11 walks his last three starts, more than his 10 K’s.

By comparison, Weaver has 20 K’s against ZERO strikeouts, over his last three starts.

Not surprisingly, Weaver has an awesome 1.08 ERA and 0.84 WHIP his last three. Lester, on the other hand, has a poor 5.31 ERA and an ugly 1.837 WHIP over his last three.

Talk about making the most of one’s opportunity. Since Wainwright’s injury freed up a spot in the rotation, Weaver has recorded a 1.49 ERA. In fact, he’s the first Cards’ rookie since the 1940’s to win seven straight decisions.

While its true that Lester has enjoyed success in this series overall, he did lose his last start here at St. Louis. Given the venue and current form of the starters, I feel the Cards are a bargain. Consider St. Louis.

Cardinals vs. Giants MLB Odds & Pick from Will Rogers: September 3rd 2017

St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants
MLB Pick: STL -113 odds (September 3rd 2017)
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The setup: The Cardinals came to San Francisco on Thursday to begin a four-game series with the sad-sack Giants. The Cards won the first two but last night the team’s bats went ‘silent’ in a 2-1 loss (10 inn.). The 68-67 Cards are seven back of the Cubs in the NL Central but are also four games back for the final NL wild card spot. That may be St. Louis’ best shot at the postseason, so taking three of four against a San Francisco team that is just 54-84, seems like a “must.”

The pitching matchup: Luke Weaver (3-1 & 2.48 ERA) takes the mound for the Cards and Madison Bumgarner (3-6 & 2.85 ERA), who was scratched from the series opener Thursday due to an illness, is expected to start for the Giants. Weaver made nine appearances last season, including eight starts but pitched only 36 1/3 innings. This makes his eighth appearance of 2017 (fifth start), after capping August with back-to-backs wins he which he had 10 strikeouts in each, allowing just two ERs over 12 2/3 innings (1.42 ERA). He has 33 strikeouts against six walks in 24 innings as a starter, limiting opponents to a .228 average. This marks his first start against the Giants. Bumgarner allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings last time out, but took the loss against Arizona. It marked the 10th time in 13 outings that he posted a quality start but despite a 2.85 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 2.27 BAA, the Gaints are 3-10 in Bumgarner’s starts (minus-$1248 is the second-worst moneyline mark, ahead of only teammate Matt Moore). Bumgarner is just 4-5 with a 4.04 ERA in 10 career starts vs. St. Louis.

The pick: Bumgarner’s season is emblematic of his team’s, as the Giants own MLB’s worst moneyline mark (minus-$3549), which is almost $1000 worse than the next-worst teams. Considering the 24-year-old Weaver went 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA in August and is is coming off consecutive 10-strikeout performances in 6-2 and 10-2 wins, why not take the Cards here vs. the free-falling Giants?