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Cardinals vs. Phillies Odds & Prediction from Larry Ness: June 21st 2017

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies
MLB Prediction: St. Louis -123 odds (June 21st 2017)

The final read 8-1 one but note that the Cards needed a seven-run 11th inning to beat the Phillies in Tuesday’s 8-1 triumph. St Louis has now outscored Philadelphia 24-8 en route to winning all four encounters this season, which should come as much of a surprise. The Philadelphia offense hasn’t been doing much of anything of late with just 31 runs scored in losing 12 of its last 13 contests. The Phillies check in at 22-47, owners of MLB’s worst overall record.

The Cards are a modest 32-37 but with no team separating itself in the NL Central, St Louis finds itself just four games out of first. Michael Wacha (3-3, 4.78 ERA) takes the mound for the Cards. Wacha has posted a 1-2 mark with a bloated 8.86 ERA in his last five starts (Cards are 1-4) and on the season, St Louis is 4-8 in his starts. He has been battling both fatigue and opponents with not much success this season. Wacha is 2-2 with a 4.38 ERA in four career starts vs the Phillies.

Nick Pivetta (1-3, 4.46 ERA) out-dueled Chris Sale in his last encounter, recording career highs in strikeouts (nine) and innings worked (seven) while scattering four hits in a hard-luck no-decision against Boston on Thursday. However, it marked the first time in seven starts that the rookie ventured past the fifth inning. Pivetta faced St Louis two starts ago (June 10), allowing four ERs over five innings of a 7-0 loss.

The pick: I noted Wacha’s current poor run at the top but will now add that his lone win in that stretch was a strong outing against Philadelphia, when he permitted just two runs on five hits in six innings. to improve to 2-2 in his career versus the club. The Cards have a team they can beat and do just that in this one.

Cardinals vs. Orioles MLB Odds & Pick from Will Rogers: June 17th 2017

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Baltimore Orioles
MLB Pick: St. Louis -105 odds (June 17th 2017)

The set-up: The St. Louis Cardinals dropped the final three contests of their seven-game homestand by getting swept Tuesday through Thursday by the Brewers. However, they rebounded nicely with Friday’s 11-2 win at Baltimore, leaving them 31-35 on the season, 4 1/2 games out of first in the NL Central. This three-game IL series continues Saturday, as the Cards try to build some momentum on a six-game road trip that takes them to major league-worst Philadelphia following this series at Baltimore. The struggling Orioles have now lost eight of nine and at 32-24, are 6 1/2 games out fo first in the AL East.

The pitching matchup: Adam Wainwright (7-4 & 4.73 ERA) will take the mound for the Cards and Wade Miley (2-4 & 3.97 ERA) for the Orioles. Wainwright had his string of four straight victories in which he allowed a total of one run come to an end at Cincinnati on June 6, when he was lit up for nine runs on seven hits and three walks in just 3 2/3 innings. He lasted only five innings in his last start but managed to post a win against Philadelphia on Sunday, surrendering two runs on six hits in the 6-5 St. Louis victory. Wainwright, who will be facing Baltimore for the first time in his career. Miley followed his best start of the season (one run allowed in seven innings against Boston on June 1) with two of his worst. He got beat up for 10 runs on 14 hits in just five total innings in outings against the Pirates and White Sox. Miley 1-2 with a 4.12 ERA in four career starts against St. Louis (teams are 2-2).

The pick: Miley’s recent pitching woes are emblematic of Baltimore’s pitching staff as a whole, as the Orioles are allowing an average of 9.1 runs over the their 1-8 stretch. However, Baltimore’s overall woes extend further back than just nine games, as since reaching 22-10 on May 9, the Orioles have gone just 10-24. Wainwright lost his first three starts of 2017 but the Cards are 8-2 over his last 10 outings. Take St. Louis

MLB Pick: Will Rogers betting the Cardinals -131 odds on June 5th 2017

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds
MLB Prediction: St. Louis -131 odds (June 5th 2017)

The set-up: The Cubs returned home off an 0-6 West Coats trip and the Cards were in the wrong place at the wrong time in this past weekend’s three-game series at Wrigley. The Cards dropped a 7-6 decision Sunday night, as the Cubs completed a three-game sweep. St. Louis continues its seven-game road trip with the first of four tonight in Cincinnati, having lost six of its last seven contests away from home. The Reds hope to avoid a three-game skid at home, after losing 6-5 (12 innings) on Saturday and 13-8 on Sunday to the Braves. Cincinnati has now lost four of its last six at Great American Ball Park to fall to 15-15 at home on the season.

The pitching matchup: Carlos Martinez (4-4 & 3.08 ERA) gets the nod for the Cards and Asher Wojciechowski (1-0 & 5.63) for the Reds. Martinez is another in a long line of St. Louis relievers turned starter. He won 14 games in 2015 and 16 last year. He’s a modest 4-4 in 11 starts so far in 2017 (team is 6-5) but he’s pitched well, entering this contest  with a string of seven consecutive quality starts. He allowed one run on four hits over eight innings in Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over the Dodgers, while recording nine strikeouts for the second straight outing. He has given up more than three runs in only two of his 11 start this year. Martinez fell to 5-2 in 17 career appearances (six starts / team is 5-1 and he owns a 3.60 ERA) against Cincinnati on April 9, when he was tagged for six runs (five earned) over five innings. Wojciechowski made his first major-league start since 2015 with Houston on Tuesday and escaped with a no-decision after yielding four runs and four hits (three HRs) over four innings at Toronto (Jays won 6-4). He began the 2017 season (his first season with Cincinnati) by making a pair of relief appearances in which he gave up two runs – one earned – and three hits in four frames. Wojciechowski has faced St. Louis.

The pick: Wojciechowski had been released from a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks in the spring but three weeks into the season the Reds called, needing a starter at Triple-A. He went on to post a 1.40 ERA in five starts with the Louisville Bats, earning a promotion. Nice story but Martinez has proven to be a quality starter over the last two-plus- seasons. Take the Cards.