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Cardinals at Astros - 8/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals (61-56) at Houston Astros (61-57)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

J Garcia (9-8) (3.93) vs. D Keuchel (7-11) (4.62)

The Line: Houston Astros / St. Louis Cardinals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FSMW/RTSW

The St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros begin a two-game series early Tuesday night.

The St. Louis Cardinals look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Cardinals have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The St. Louis Cardinals offense continues to be hit or miss, and they’ve won four of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Stephen Piscotty leads St. Louis with 118 hits, Yadier Molina has 35 RBI and Aledmys Diaz has 14 home runs. Jaime Garcia gets the nod, and he’s 9-8 with a 3.93 ERA and 114 strikeouts this season. Garcia is 2-6 with a 3.15 ERA and 34 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

Cardinals at Astros - 8/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Astros could use a win after losing eight of their last 13 games. The Astros have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Houston Astros have an ERA of 3.79 and have lost six of their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jose Altuve leads Houston with 167 hits, George Springer has 68 RBI and Carlos Correa has 18 home runs. Dallas Keuchel takes the hill, and he’s 7-11 with a 4.56 ERA and 126 strikeouts this season. Keuchel is 0-1 with a 9.45 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 7-19 in their last 26 games following an off day and 1-7 in their last 8 vs. American League West. The Astros are 5-1 in their last 6 games following an off day and 25-7 in Keuchels last 32 home starts. The Cardinals are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Houston.

The Astros need to start winning games in order to sneak back into the wild card race. Good thing is Houston has the offense to give St. Louis trouble and has a pitcher in Keuchel who is fresh off a complete game shutout. I like the home team here against an up-and-down Cards team.

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