Cardinals vs. Athletics - 8/27/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (55-73) at St. Louis Cardinals (68-59)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 7:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Zachary Neal (2-3) (5.49) vs. M Leake (9-9) (4.56)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -195 / Oakland Athletics +184 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals play game three of their series Saturday night.
The Oakland Athletics could use a win after losing 10 of their last 14 games. The Athletics have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 14 games. The Oakland Athletics offense continues to be hit or miss, and they’ve won three straight games when scoring more than three runs. Khris Davis leads Oakland with 115 hits, Danny Valencia has 44 RBI and Marcus Semien has 23 home runs. Zach Neal gets the nod, and he’s 2-3 with a 5.49 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. This will be Neal’s first career game against the Cardinals.
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The St. Louis Cardinals look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Cardinals have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The St. Louis Cardinals offense has caught fire recently, and they’ve won nine of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Stephen Piscotty leads St. Louis with 129 hits, Yadier Molina has 40 RBI and Aledmys Diaz has 14 home runs. Mike Leake takes the hill, and he’s 9-9 with a 4.56 ERA and 108 strikeouts this season. Leake is 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA and five strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 2-6 in their last 8 during game 2 of a series and 0-4 in their last 4 Saturday games. The Cardinals are 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games and 1-5 in Leakes last 6 home starts. The over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
Leake isn't exactly a great pitcher and certainly isn't worth such heavy juice regardless of who he is going against. Instead, I'll side with the over in this spot. Both clubs are swinging the bats well and both of these pitchers can be tagged. I expect a lot of runs here.