Houston Astros vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 8/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (62-56) 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 -148 / St. Louis Cardinals +138 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: RTSW, FSMW
In MLB action on Tuesday, we’ve got game one of a quick two-game set between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Astros from Minute Maid Park.
St. Louis is coming off a four-game set with the Cubs this weekend, splitting the series 2-2.
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As for the Astros, they won Friday but dropped both weekend games to the Blue Jays.
Jaime Garcia will be taking his southpaw swagger to the mound on Tuesday for the Cardinals. In 23 starts and a 9-8 record this year, Garcia has put up a 3.93 ERA with a 1.30 WHIP in 137.1 innings. In a win over the Reds his last time out, Garcia logged eight innings with six hits and two earned.
Despite some big injuries, the Cardinals are still hitting pretty well as a team. Stephen Piscotty has logged 118 hits with 65 runs, 17 homers and 65 RBI. Aldemys Diaz sits on 110 hits with 64 runs and 57 RBI. Yadier Molina has put up 110 hits with 50 runs and 35 RBI.
Over on the Astros’ side, we’ll be seeing lefty Dallas Keuchel on the mound Tuesday. Over his 23 starts and 7-11 record this year, Keuchel owns a 4.56 ERA with a 1.30 WHIP in 148 innings of work. In a win over Texas his last time out, Keuchel put up a complete nine innings with no runs and just three hits.
Houston isn’t doing to badly on offense, either. Jose Altuve continues his breakout campaign with 167 hits, 86 runs, 19 homers and 73 RBI. George Springer has put up 122 hits with 84 runs and 68 RBI. Carlos Correa sits on 120 hits with 59 runs, 18 homers and 82 RBI so far.
The Cardinals are 6-2 in their last eight game ones of a series, and 1-4 in their last five Tuesday games. St. Louis is also 1-7 in their last eight against the AL West, and 0-4 in Garcia’s last four Tuesday starts.
Meanwhile, the Astros are 4-0 in their last four games versus a left-handed starter, and 5-1 in their last six games following an off day. Houston is also 1-5 in their last six home games, and 25-7 in Keuchel’s last 32 home starts.
I like the fire the Cardinals are displaying lately, but I think Keuchel will put them out here. I’ll take Houston.