Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/23/14
St. Louis Cardinals (69-58) at Philadelphia Phillies (57-71)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Shelby Miller (R) (8-9) (4.284) vs. David Buchanan (R) (6-7) (4.251)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +133 / St. Louis Cardinals -143 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-MW, CSN-PHI
The St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies play game two on Saturday night.
The St. Louis Cardinals have won seven of their last nine games and are 11 games above .500. The Cardinals offense has all of a sudden found some life, producing four or more runs in nine straight games. The Cardinals have won 10 of their last 13 games when scoring more than three runs. Matt Holliday has an RBI in four straight games and Matt Adams has hit safely in eight of his last nine games. The St. Louis Cardinals have an ERA of 3.61, which is 14th in the majors. Starting is Adam Wainwright, who is 15-8 with a 2.52 ERA and has 145 strikeouts in 182 innings. Wainwright is 5-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 11 career games against the Phillies.
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The Philadelphia Phillies have won four of their last seven games and are 14 games below .500. The Phillies offense has also put up numbers lately, producing four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Phillies have won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Ryan Howard has seven RBIs in his last nine games and Marlon Byrd has hit in eight of his last nine games. The Philadelphia Phillies have an ERA of 3.97, which is 23rd in the majors. David Buchanan gets the nod, and he’s 6-7 with a 4.25 ERA and has 53 strikeouts in 78.1 innings. This is Buchanan’s second career game against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 4-0 in their last 4 games vs. a right-handed starter and 10-4 in their last 14 Saturday games. The Phillies are 0-4 in their last 4 during game 2 of a series and 4-1 in Buchanans last 5 starts during game 2 of a series.
Both teams that have struggled to score are finally putting runs on the board lately. I like the over in this matchup.