St. Louis Cardinals vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/22/14
Tampa Bay Rays (46-53) at St. Louis Cardinals (54-44)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Jake Odorizzi (R) (5-8) (4.010) vs. Adam Wainwright (R) (12-4) (1.826)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals / Tampa Bay Rays --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Sun Sports, FSN-MW
The Tampa Bay Rays and St. Louis Cardinals play a two-game interleague series that begins Tuesday night.
The Rays have won five straight games and are now only six games away from becoming a .500 ball club. The Rays pitching staff has been the force behind this turnaround, allowing three or less runs in nine of their last 12 games. Overall, the Rays have the 17th best ERA in baseball at 3.79 and have won 16 straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Evan Longoria has nine RBI in his last 10 games and James Loney has 15 hits in his last 10 games. Jake Odorizzi gets the nod, and he’s 5-8 with a 4.01 ERA and has 116 strikeouts in 101 innings. This is Odorizzi’s second career start against the Cardinals.
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The Cardinals just took two of three from the Los Angeles Dodgers and have won seven of their last 10 games overall. The Cardinals offense, however, continues to be a problem, especially when the pitching staff isn’t pitching lights out. The Cardinals are 29th in the league in runs scored and have lost 15 of their last 22 games when scoring three or less runs. Matt Holliday has nine RBI in his last nine games and Jhonny Peralta has 13 hits in his last nine games. The Cards have an ERA of 3.39. Starting is Adam Wainwright, who is 12-4 with a 1.83 ERA and has 115 strikeouts in 138 innings. Wainwright is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in two career starts against the Rays.
The Rays are 2-5 in Odorizzis last 7 starts vs. a team with a winning record and 2-8 in Odorizzis last 10 road starts. The Cardinals are 42-20 in Wainwrights last 62 home starts and 45-19 in Wainwrights last 64 starts overall.
I usually hate laying the huge lines, but you have to love the Cards in this spot. St. Louis is at home, playing some solid baseball and has one of the best pitchers in the world on the mound. For once, I'll lay a big number.