Cardinals at Mariners - 6/24/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (38-33) at Seattle Mariners (36-37)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 24, 2016 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)
C Martinez (7-5) (3.17) vs. W LeBlanc (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Seattle Mariners +114 / St. Louis Cardinals -134 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Cardinals and Seattle Mariners begin a three-game series Friday night.
The St. Louis Cardinals look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Cardinals have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 11 games. The St. Louis Cardinals offense has been hit or miss recently, but they’ve won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Stephen Piscotty leads St. Louis with 76 hits, Aledmys Diaz has 35 RBI and Matt Carpenter has 11 home runs. Carlos Martinez gets the nod, and he’s 7-5 with a 3.17 ERA and 66 strikeouts this season. This will be Martinez’s first career game against the Mariners.
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The Seattle Mariners need a nice win in order to snap a six-game losing streak. The Mariners have allowed 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 11 of their last 14 games. The Seattle Mariners have an ERA of 3.79 and have lost five straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Robinson Cano leads Seattle with 89 hits, Nelson Cruz has 48 RBI and Kyle Seager has 15 home runs. Wade LeBlanc takes the hill, and he was 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA and 21 strikeouts back in 2014. LeBlanc is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA and seven strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 5-16 in their last 21 games following an off day and 34-15 in Martinezs last 49 starts. The Mariners are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League Central and 0-7 in their last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Cardinals are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
LeBlanc hasn't pitched since 2014, and the Mariners are back in one of their funks that were common at the start of the season. You guys also know that Martinez is one of my favorite young pitchers in baseball, and I usually back him whenever I can. That doesn't change here given Seattle's situation.