Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 8/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (64-56) at Philadelphia Phillies (57-65)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Luke Weaver (0-0) (4.50) vs. J Hellickson (9-7) (3.65)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +122 / St. Louis Cardinals -132 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSPH, FSMW
Over at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, the MLB is bringing us another match-up between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies.
This will be game two of the set. On Friday, the Cardinals eked out a 4-3 win.
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For Saturday’s game, the Cardinals will be rolling out right-hander Luke Weaver. In his lone start this season, Weaver posted four innings against the Cubs for a no-decision. Weaver logged four hits, two earned and three strikeouts in that one.
The banged-up Cardinals still have some offensive firepower. Stephen Piscotty leads the way with 120 hits, 67 runs, 17 homers and 67 RBI. Yadier Molina has hit 113 times with 40 runs and 38 RBI. Aldemys Diaz sits on 110 hits with 64 runs, 14 homers and 57 RBI.
Over on the Phillies’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Jeremy Hellickson on Saturday. In his 24 starts and 9-7 record this year, Hellickson has produced a 3.65 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in 143 innings. Hellickson put up a no-decision his last time out, going five innings with three hits and one earned against LA.
Glancing at the Phillies’ order, a few solid players stick out. Odubel Herrera has amassed 127 hits with 66 runs, 13 homers and 42 RBI this year. Cesar Hernandez has put up 119 hits with 47 runs and 29 RBI. Maikel Franco has 110 hits with 52 runs, 22 homers and 71 RBI.
The Cardinals are 2-4 in their last six against the National League East and 5-0 in their last five overall. St. Louis is also 5-0 in their last five road games and 14-6 in their last 20 against a team with a losing record.
As for the Phillies, they’re 2-7 in their last nine game twos of a series, and 4-9 in their last 13 Saturday games. Philadelphia is also 5-0 in Hellickson’s last five starts, and 5-1 in Hellickson’s last six starts against a team with a winning record.
The Cardinals seem to be playing pretty well as a whole right now, so I’ll take St. Louis here.