Toronto Blue Jays vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/8/14
St. Louis Cardinals (31-31) at Toronto Blue Jays (38-24)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 1:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Jamie Garcia (L) (1-0) (5.472) vs. Drew Hutchison (R) (4-3) (3.500)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -138 / St. Louis Cardinals +128 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-MW, SNET
The St. Louis Cardinals and Toronto Blue Jays will play a rubber game on Sunday afternoon.
With a win on Saturday, the Cardinals are one game above .500, but have lost five of their last eight games. After their pitching staff was hammered all of last week, the Cardinals have allowed three or less runs in four straight games. The Cardinals are 26-10 when allowing three or less runs this season. Offensively, Allen Craig has six hits in his last five games, while Jon Jay has five hits and three runs in his last four games. Getting the nod is Jaime Garcia, who is 1-0 with a 5.47 ERA and has 22 strikeouts in 24.2 innings. Garcia is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA in two career starts against the Blue Jays.
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The Blue Jays had their six-game winning streak snapped on Saturday, but are still sitting a pretty 14 games above .500. While the Blue Jays offense gets much of the credit, it’s actually been their pitching staff that has allowed three or less runs in six of their last seven games. The Blue Jays are actually 31-1 when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Edwin Encarnacion has 10 hits in as many games and Jose Bautista has scored 10 runs in as many games. Getting the ball is Drew Hutchinson, who is 4-3 with a 3.50 ERA and has 66 strikeouts in 72 innings. This will be Hutchinson’s first career game against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 5-1 in Garcia's last 6 road starts and 2-11 in Garcia's last 13 starts during game 3 of a series. The Blue Jays are 4-0 in Hutchison's last 4 starts and 5-0 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series. The Cardinals are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings against the Blue Jays.
It's hard to pick against the Blue Jays with the way they've been playing and the way Garcia has been giving up runs this season. I'll take the home team for the decent price.