Cardinals vs. Marlins - 7/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Marlins (47-41) at St. Louis Cardinals (46-42)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 15, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Chen vs. J Garcia (6-6) (4.01)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals / Miami Marlins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals clash late Friday night for game one of their series.
The Miami Marlins look to stay hot after winning six of their last nine games. The Marlins have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Miami Marlins offense has picked up recently, and they’ve won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Martin Prado leads Miami with 106 hits, Marcell Ozuna has 47 RBI and Giancarlo Stanton has 20 home runs. Wei-Yin Chen gets the nod, and he’s 5-3 with a 4.83 ERA and 79 strikeouts this season. This will be Chen’s first career game against the Cardinals.
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The St. Louis Cardinals look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Cardinals have scored 16 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last eight games. The St. Louis Cardinals offense has been hot as well lately, and they’ve won seven of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Stephen Piscotty leads St. Louis with 94 hits, Aledmys Diaz has 48 RBI and Matt Carpenter has 14 home runs. Jaime Garcia takes the hill, and he’s 6-6 with a 4.01 ERA and 87 strikeouts this season. Garcia is 2-0 with a 1.07 ERA and 21 strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.
The Marlins are 3-7 in their last 10 games following an off day and 5-0 in their last 5 vs. National League Central. The Cardinals are 4-10 in their last 14 home games and 1-4 in Garcias last 5 home starts. The Marlins are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in St. Louis and 1-6 in the last 7 meetings overall.
The Marlins are a team that's starting to play with some consistency, and Chen has a better ERA on the road than he does at home. Also, the Cardinals have been hit or miss for a while now. I'll take a shot with the fish on the road with the way both clubs are playing.