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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/21/14

Philadelphia Phillies (33-38) at St. Louis Cardinals (39-34)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 4:10 pm (Busch Stadium)

Cole Hamels (L) (2-3) (2.785) vs. Adam Wainwright (R) (9-3) (2.153)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -152 / Philadelphia Phillies +142 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-PHI, FSN-MW

The Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals will play game three of four on Saturday.

The Phillies are on a five-game winning streak and are four games shy of a .500 record. The Phillies pitching staff has improved drastically, allowing three or less runs in nine of their last 11 games. Overall, the Phillies have an ERA of 3.90, which is 17th in the majors. Offensively, the Phillies have scored 19 runs in their last three games and Jimmy Rollins is riding a 14-game hitting streak. Cole Hamels takes the mound, and he’s 2-3 with a 2.78 ERA and has 76 strikeouts in 74.1 innings. Hamels is 2-3 with a 3.34 ERA in 10 career starts against the Cardinals.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/21/14

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The Cardinals have now lost three straight, but are still a healthy four games above a .500 record. The Cardinals pitching staff is still as dominant as ever, allowing three or less runs in nine of their last 12 games. Overall, the Cardinals have an ERA of 3.19, which is the third best in the majors. Offensively, Matt Carpenter has six RBI in his last 10 games. Adam Wainwright gets the ball, and he’s 9-3 with a 2.15 ERA and has 91 strikeouts in 100.1 innings. Wainwright is 4-1 with a 2.41 ERA in 10 career games against the Phillies.

The Phillies are 4-9 in Hamels' last 13 starts and 4-10 in Hamels' last 14 road starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Cardinals are 41-18 in Wainwright's last 59 starts and 25-10 in Wainwright's last 35 home starts. The Phillies are 5-1 in Hamels' last 6 road starts vs. Cardinals.

You have to like the value with the Phillies in this spot. Hamels has been solid this season and has had success throughout his career in St. Louis. I'll take a shot on the red hot Phillies. 

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Philadelphia Phillies +142

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