Cardinals vs. Athletics - 8/28/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (55-73) at St. Louis Cardinals (68-59)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 2:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Andrew Triggs (0-1) (4.38) vs. J Garcia (10-9) (4.37)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -200 / Oakland Athletics +185 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals play a rubber game Sunday afternoon.
The Oakland Athletics could use a win after losing 10 of their last 15 games. The Athletics have allowed six runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five straight games. The Oakland Athletics have an ERA of 4.54 and have won four of their last six games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Khris Davis leads Oakland with 116 hits, Danny Valencia has 44 RBI and Marcus Semien has 23 home runs. Andrew Triggs gets the nod, and he’s 0-1 with a 4.38 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. This will be Triggs’ first career game against the Cardinals.
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The St. Louis Cardinals look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Cardinals have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 16 games. The St. Louis Cardinals offense continues to show up, and they’ve won six of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Stephen Piscotty leads St. Lous with 129 hits, Yadier Molina has 40 RBI and Aledmys Diaz has 14 home runs. Jaime Garcia takes the hill, and he’s 10-9 with a 4.37 ERA and 122 strikeouts this season. This will be Garcia’s first career game against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 7-19 in their last 26 Sunday games and 0-4 in Triggs' last 4 starts. The Cardinals are 5-11 in their last 16 interleague games and 5-2 in Garcias last 7 interleague starts. The Athletics are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in St. Louis.
Oakland's pitching staff has been solid this week and has proven it can win when it's not getting rocked. Also, why in the world in Garcia getting such heavy juice? The sam pitcher who has allowed 11 runs in his last nine innings? The A's are the pick based on the value.