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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies - 7/30/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Rockies (43-56) at St. Louis Cardinals (64-37)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 7:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

C Rusin (3-4) (4.13) vs. C Martinez (11-4) (2.34)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -226 / Colorado Rockies +208 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Rocky Mountain, FS-Midwest

The St. Louis Cardinals and the Colorado Rockies face off on Thursday at Busch Stadium in game one of their MLB series.

The St. Louis Cardinals have stumbled recently but they still have a comfortable lead in the National League Central. The Cardinals are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 37-15 at home, and they have a 4.5 game lead on the Pirates in the NL Central. As a team the Cardinals are hitting .254 with Yadier Molina hitting .284, Jhonny Peralta hitting .283, and Jason Heyward hitting .280. As a team the Cardinals pitching staff has an ERA of 2.64 with the starters at 2.80 and the bullpen at 2.31. For game one against the Rockies the Cardinals start Carlos Martinez who has allowed 99 hits and 31 earned runs while striking out 121 over 119.1 innings for an 11-4 record and a 2.34 ERA.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies - 7/30/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Colorado Rockies are in last place in the National League West and they are already playing for next year. The Rockies are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 19-29 on the road, and they are 12 games back in the NL West. As a team the Rockies are hitting .273 with Jose Reyes hitting .333, D.J. LeMahieu hitting .320, and Charlie Blackmon hitting .291. The Rockies pitching staff has an ERA of 4.90 with the starters at 5.16 and the bullpen at 4.48. For game one against the Cardinals the Rockies start Christopher Rusin who has allowed 82 hits and 30 earned runs while striking out 45 over 65.1 innings for a 3-4 record and a 4.13 ERA.

St. Louis is 7-3 against a team with a winning record, 19-7 in game one of a series, and 5-0 in Martinez’s last five home starts. Colorado is 22-46 in game one of a series, 25-69 in their last 94 road games, and 1-4 in Rusin’s last five starts. Colorado is 2-5 in their last seven games in St. Louis.

This game looks like an outright layup and an easy win for the Cardinals. 

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St. Louis Cardinals -230

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