St. Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/5/14
Boston Red Sox (49-61) at St. Louis Cardinals (58-51)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Rubby De La Rosa (R) (3-4) (3.644) vs. Lance Lynn (R) (11-8) (2.977)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals / Boston Red Sox --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, FSN-MW
The Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals begin a three-game series on Tuesday.
The Red Sox have lost 10 of their last 12 games and are 13 games below a .500 record. With the Red Sox packing it this season with tons of trades, the Red Sox have allowed four or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. Overall, the Red Sox have an ERA of 3.92 and have lost nine straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, David Ortiz has 13 RBI in his last 10 games and Dustin Pedroia has 16 hits in his last 10 games. Rubby De La Rosa takes the hill, and he’s 3-4 with a 3.64 ERA and has 37 strikeouts in 54.1 innings. This will be De La Rosa’s first career game against the Cardinals.
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The Cardinals have won five of their last eight games and are eight games above a .500 record. While the Cardinals are winning games, their lineup continues to struggle, putting up three or less runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Cardinals have lost five of their last seven games when scoring three o fewer runs. Matt Holliday has homered four times in his last nine games and Matt Adams has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games. Pitching, the Cards have an ERA of 3.51. Starting is Lance Lynn, who is 11-8 with a 2.98 ERA and has 123 strikeouts in 133 innings. This will be Lynn’s first career game against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 0-4 in De La Rosas last 4 road starts and 2-7 in their last 9 games following a loss. The Cardinals are 7-3 in Lynns last 10 home starts and 1-5 in Lynns last 6 interleague starts. The Red Sox are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings vs. the Cardinals.
Lynn has been pretty much unbeatable when pitching at home, while De La Rosa hasn't been great on the road. The Cards also have something to play for, give me the home team.