Miami Marlins vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/13/14
St. Louis Cardinals (62-56) at Miami Marlins (59-60)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
Justin Masterson (R) (5-7) (5.831) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (R) (6-6) (4.113)
The Line: Miami Marlins -120 / St. Louis Cardinals +110 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSMW, FSFL
The Marlins look to add to Justin Masterson’s struggles and sweep the Cardinals in Wednesday night’s series finale.
The St. Louis Cardinals are 29th in the league in runs scored, and last night it showed as the offense failed to offer any support to Adam Wainwright in a 3-0 loss. The Cardinals are just 10-12 to start the second half of the season, but they’re still at the top of the pack contending for a wild card spot in the NL with a puncher’s chance of capturing the NL Central crown if Yadier Molina can work his way back from injury as a heavy dose of divisional games await to close the season. While this may not be the team’s best roster, given the Cardinals performance in recent years no one would be too surprised if they made a late run.
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Justin Masterson gets the ball for the Cardinals on Wednesday attempting to rebound from a brutal two outings since being traded from the Indians. While Masterson ended up winning his first start with his new team, it was far from smooth as he allowed five runs on seven hits over six innings. The right hander allowed the same five runs on seven hits in his second outing against the Orioles, except that he only last two innings in that game. Masterson has struggled all year as he enters this contest with a WHIP of 1.72, ERA of 5.94 and record of 5-7 across both leagues. The road has been especially unkind with an ERA of 7.43 across 11 starts with opponents batting .314 against him.
On Wednesday night the newly acquired Jarred Cosart was highly effective for the Marlins, pitching seven innings of three hit shutout ball. The Marlins offense scored three times in the fourth inning to back Cosart with Jarrod Saltalamacchia hitting an RBI single and Donovan Solano hitting a two run home run, and they made it stand up as three relievers chipped in to preserve the shutout. The Marlins moved to just a game below .500 with the win, and have to be believing they can at least make a push towards grabbing a wild card spot in a season that previously seemed to be a buildup for next year when star pitcher Jose Fernandez went down earlier this year.
The Marlins will like their chances to complete the sweep as Nathan Eovaldi takes the hill with a renewed sense of confidence. Eovaldi had a rough go of it in July with an ERA of 6.75, but he’s responded emphatically with a 0.60 ERA across two starts against the Reds in August over a span of 15 innings. For the season the 24 year old right hander has a WHIP of 1.20, ERA of 3.99 and record of 6-6. Home field hasn’t been much of an advantage for Eovaldi this year with a 4.78 ERA across 13 starts at Marlins Park.
Masterson looks to be an auto-fade pitcher until further notice and more so with the Marlins taking the first two of this series. The only other place I might look is at the over but +110 certainly isn’t enticing to back the visitor.