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Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/24/14

St. Louis Cardinals (70-58) at Philadelphia Phillies (57-72)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 1:35 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Justin Masterson (R) (6-7) (5.529) vs. Jerome Williams (R) (2-1) (5.643)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +126 / St. Louis Cardinals -136 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSMW, CSPh

The St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies play the deciding game of their three game weekend series at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia.

The St. Louis Cardinals traded blows with the Phillies on Saturday night with each team holding the lead before deciding the game in extra innings.  The Cardinals emerged victorious by a score of 6-5 in 12 innings as Matt Carpenter hit the deciding sacrifice fly to score Daniel Descalso.  The win brought the Cardinals to within just a half game of the Brewers for the NL Central lead while also buying them a half game cushion as the leaders in the Wild Card race.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/24/14

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Justin Masterson makes the start for the Cardinals on Sunday still looking to find consistency since coming to St. Louis.  In his last start against the Reds, Masterson allowed four runs on four hits over just five innings but didn’t factor in the decision as the Cardinals went on to win the game.  In the start prior at Miami, Masterson showcased his ace gear pitching seven shutout innings allowing just three hits and generating 15 ground ball outs.   For the season in both leagues the 29 year old righty Masterson owns a WHIP of 1.63 and ERA of 5.64 with a record of 6-7.

The Philadelphia Phillies are enduring a disappointing season but they’re probably one of the most talented sub-.500 teams in baseball making them a dangerous spoiler opponent to close out the season.  The Phillies trailed 5-2 in the 6th but rallied to tie the game as Ryan Howard homered and Marlon Byrd delivered a game-tying two RBI single in the eighth inning.  Ken Giles was eventually tagged with the loss in the 12th as the Phillies couldn’t manage to score any further in the loss.

Jerome Williams will take the mound making his third start for Philadelphia after spending time with both the Astros and Rangers earlier in the season.  Williams has actually faced two AL West opponents since coming to the Phillies but has had success in allowing just three runs in 12.1 innings against the Mariners and Angels.  For the season combined Williams has a WHIP of 1.54 and ERA of 5.91 while going 3-5. 

Neither starting pitcher inspires a whole lot of trust, so I will take the over after this series has produced totals of nine and 11 in the first two games.

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