Phillies at Cardinals - 4/30/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Phillies (8-13) at St. Louis Cardinals (13-6)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 1:45 pm (Busch Stadium)
D Buchanan (0-4) (7.52) vs. () ()
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -155 / Philadelphia Phillies +145 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
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The Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals end their four-game series Thursday afternoon.
The Philadelphia Phillies look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Phillies have allowed 17 runs in this series and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Phillies have lost nine of their last 10 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Freddy Galvis leads Philly with 26 hits and eight RBI while Ryan Howard and Chase Utley have combined for 21 RBI. The Philadelphia Phillies have lost six of their last eight games on the road. David Buchanan gets the ball, and he’s 0-4 with a 7.52 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. Buchanan is 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA and four strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
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The St. Louis Cardinals look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Cardinals have scored 16 runs in their last two games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Cardinals have won nine straight games when scoring more than three runs. Matt Carpenter leads St. Louis with 30 hits and 13 RBI while Matt Holliday and Matt Adams have combined for 23 RBI. The St. Louis Cardinals have won seven of their last eight games on their home field. Tim Cooney takes the hill for his major league debut. Cooney was 29-23 with a 3.50 ERA and 324 strikeouts in his career in the minors.
The Phillies are 0-5 in their last 5 during game 4 of a series and 3-14 in Buchanans last 17 starts. The Cardinals are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 4 of a series and 35-17 in their last 52 games as a favorite. The Phillies are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in St. Louis.
It's no secret that the Phillies are flat out terrible. However, I don't trust pitchers making their major league debut, especially when I have to pay chalk. This is one of the few times I'll back the Phillies this season.