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Baltimore Orioles vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/8/14

St. Louis Cardinals (60-52) at Baltimore Orioles (64-49)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 8, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)

Justin Masterson (R) (5-6) (5.492) vs. Chris Tillman (R) (8-5) (3.650)

The Line: Baltimore Orioles -140 / St. Louis Cardinals +130 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-MW, MASN

The Baltimore Orioles and St. Louis Cardinals begin a three-game series Friday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The Cardinals have won five of their last seven games and are nine games above a .500 record. The Cardinals pitching staff continues to shine bright as they’ve allowed two runs in each of their last four games and three or less runs in eight of their last 11 games. Overall, the Cardinals have an ERA of 3.47 and have won eight of their last 11 when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Matt Adams has a hit in seven of his last nine games and Kolten Wong has three homers in his last five games. Justin Masterson takes the hill, and he’s 5-6 with a 5.63 ERA and has 97 strikeouts in 104 innings. Masterson is 6-5 with a 5.04 ERA in 15 career games against the Orioles.

Baltimore Orioles vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/8/14

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The Orioles are off to a 5-2 start in the month of August and are 16 games above a .500 record. The Orioles pitching has been dominant as of late, allowing three or less runs in seven of their last nine games. Overall, the Orioles have an ERA of 3.68 and have won nine of their last 10 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Chris Davis has a four-game hitting streak and Nick Markakis has 13 hits in his last 10 games. Starting is Chris Tillman, who is 8-5 with a 3.78 ERA and has 95 strikeouts in 143 innings. This is Tillman’s first career game against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 1-4 in their last 5 interleague games and 11-4 in their last 15 vs. a team with a winning record. The Orioles are 9-4 in their last 13 interleague games and 5-2 in Tillmans last 7 interleague starts. The Cardinals are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

Not thrilled about the price, but tough to go against the O's in this spot, especially with the way Tillman has pitched this year. 

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Baltimore Orioles -140

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