Houston Astros vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 8/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (62-56) at Houston Astros (61-57)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 2:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
C Martinez (10-7) (3.34) vs. D Fister (11-7) (3.61)
The Line: Houston Astros -112 / St. Louis Cardinals -108 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros meet up in Texas on Wednesday in an interleague show down between two playoff hopefuls.
The Cards and Astros battled it out in a grudge match yesterday and the road side will look to chalk one up in the win column when the two sides meet up again on Wednesday as the Cards send Carlos Martinez to the mound to face off against Doug Fister. The Cardinals continue to be a prominent fixture in playoff baseball as they seem to be a contender in each passing year and this season is no different as they are right in the hunt for a wild card spot and with the rotation they have they should be considered a favourite to land one of the two runners up spots. St. Louis is 62-56 this season and hold a one game edge on the Astros heading into tonight’s game and while they aren’t even playing in the same league there is still bragging rights on the line as both teams aim for the postseason.
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The Astros meanwhile have had a tale of two seasons as they were dreadful at the beginning but have pieced together a very nice stretch through the second half and are starting to look like the team many expected to see in April. Houston will send Fister to the mound who is 11-7 this season with a 3.61 ERA and while those are respectable numbers he is facing off with Martinez who is 10-7 with a 3.34 ERA and continues to prove he belongs in the discussion as the ace of the Cards rotation. The Astros are slight favourites in this spot as they have the deeper roster and are playing at home but you can’t count the Cardinals out as they have the edge on the mound.
St. Louis is 2-10 in their last 12 interleague games, 5-0 in their last five Wednesday games, and 1-7 in their last eight against the AL West while the Astros are 8-2 in their last 10 interleague games, 10-1 in their last 11 interleague games against a team with a winning record and 1-5 in their last six home games. While Houston hasn’t played well at home lately I think they have enough in the tank here as their deep lineup should be able to get to Martinez.