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Cardinals vs. Marlins - 8/16/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Marlins (46-69) at St. Louis Cardinals (74-41)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 2:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

B Hand (2-2) (4.29) vs. C Martinez (12-4) (2.62)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -232 / Miami Marlins +214 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSFL/FSMW

The St. Louis Cardinals look to sweep the Miami Marlins Sunday afternoon.

The Miami Marlins need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Marlins have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Marlins have won four of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Dee Gordon leads Miami with 140 hits and 32 RBI while Adeiny Hechavarria and Martin Prado have combined for 77 RBI. The Miami Marlins have lost six of their last seven road games. David Phelps gets the ball, and he’s 4-8 with a 4.35 ERA and 73 strikeouts this season. This will be Phelps’ second career game against the Cardinals.

Cardinals vs. Marlins - 8/16/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. Louis Cardinals look to remain hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Cardinals have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Cardinals have won five of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Jhonny Peralta leads St. Louis with 123 hits and 56 RBI while Jason Heyward and Kolten Wong have combined for 88 RBI. The St. Louis Cardinals have won seven of their last 10 home games. Carlos Martinez takes the hill, and he’s 12-4 with a 2.62 ERA and 139 strikeouts this season. This will be Martinez’s second career game against the Marlins.

The Marlins are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 0-6 in Phelps' last 6 starts. The Cardinals are 61-22 in their last 83 games as a favorite and 23-5 in Martinezs last 28 starts. The Marlins are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in St. Louis and 8-20 in the last 28 meetings overall. 

The Marlins are waiting for the offseason, while the Cards are hitting their stride for the postseason. You guys know how I feel about Martinez. Take St. Louis at home. 

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