Astros at Cardinals - 6/14/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (30-35) at St. Louis Cardinals (35-28)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
D Fister (6-3) (3.34) vs. J Garcia (4-5) (3.89)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals / Houston Astros --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals begin a short two-game series early Tuesday night.
The Houston Astros could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Astros have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Houston Astros have an ERA of 4.17 and have lost five straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jose Altuve leads Houston with 88 hits, George Springer has 37 RBI and Carlos Correa has eight home runs. Doug Fister gets the nod, and he’s 6-3 with a 3.34 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. Fister is 0-1 with a 5.02 ERA and seven strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
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The St. Louis Cardinals look to build on their impressive five-game winning streak. The Cardinals have scored 22 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The St. Louis Cardinals offense has caught fire lately, and they’ve won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Stephen Piscotty leads St. Louis with 70 hits, Aledmys Diaz has 32 RBI and Matt Carpenter has 10 home runs. Jaime Garcia takes the hill, and he’s 4-5 with a 3.89 ERA and 61 strikeouts this season. Garcia is 2-5 with a 6.41 ERA and 32 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Astros are 7-3 in their last 10 games following an off day and 8-0 in Fisters last 8 starts. The Cardinals are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. American League West and 1-4 in Garcias last 5 home starts. The Astros are 21-45 in the last 66 meetings in St. Louis and 9-24 in the last 33 meetings overall.
The Cardinals are playing some of their best baseball at the moment and are scoring a truckload of runs in the process. The Astros continue their inconsistent play and the pitching rotation keeps struggling. I have to ride the hot hand in this matchup.