Cardinals vs. Phillies - 5/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Phillies (15-11) at St. Louis Cardinals (13-13)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Aaron Nola (1-2) (3.55) vs. M Wacha (2-1) (3.07)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -161 / Philadelphia Phillies +151 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals play game two of their series Tuesday night.
The Philadelphia Phillies look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Phillies allowed 10 runs in their Monday loss but have given up three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Philadelphia Phillies have been overachieving so far this season and six of their 11 losses have come on the road. Offensively, Odubel Herrera leads Philadelphia with 27 hits, Maikel Franco has 15 RBI and Freddy Galvis has three home runs. Aaron Nola gets the nod, and he’s 1-2 with a 3.55 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. This will be Nola’s first career game against the Cardinals.
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The St. Louis Cardinals look for some consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Cardinals are relying on an offense that scored 10 runs on Monday and seven or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won 10 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Aledmys Diaz leads St. Louis with 31 hits, Matt Carpenter has 17 RBI and Stephen Piscotty has four home runs. Michael Wacha takes the hill, and he’s 2-1 with a 3.07 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. Wacha is 1-1 with a 7.59 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.
The Phillies are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series and 0-4 in Nolas last 4 starts with 4 days of rest. The Cardinals are 3-9 in their last 12 during game 2 of a series and 26-12 in Wachas last 38 starts. The Phillies are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in St. Louis.
Wacha is usually money when pitching at home, and Nola hasn't been the most trust worthy pitcher this season so far. The Cards have the huge advantage here with the better pitcher and the fact they're at home.
I like St. Louis to take game 2 as well.