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Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 6/18/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals (37-32) at Philadelphia Phillies (37-32)

MLB Baseball: Monday, June 18, 2018 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

M Mikolas (7-2) (2.43) vs. Nick Pivetta (4-6) (4.25)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -105 / St. Louis Cardinals -105 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSMW, NSPA

The St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies meet Monday in MLB action at Citizens Bank Park.

The St. Louis Cardinals could use a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Cardinals have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Martinez leads the Cardinals with 75 hits and 42 RBI while Marcell Ozuna and Tommy Pham have combined for 137 hits and 64 RBI. Miles Mikolas gets the ball, and he is 7-2 with a 2.43 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. This will be Mikolas’ second career game against the Phillies. 

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Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 6/18/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Philadelphia Phillies look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Phillies have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Philadelphia Phillies have won five straight games when scoring more than two runs. Odubel Herrera leads the Phillies with 75 hits and 36 RBI while Cesar Hernandez and Carlos Santana have combined for 123 hits and 62 RBI. Nick Pivetta gets the ball, and he is 4-6 with a 4.25 ERA and 81 strikeouts this season. Pivetta is 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 9-4 in their last 13 Monday games, 5-1 in Mikolas' last 6 road starts and 6-2 in Mikolas' last 8 starts. The Phillies are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series, 9-3 in Pivettas last 12 home starts and  0-4 in Pivettas last 4 starts. The Cardinals are 17-6 in the last 23 meetings.

This is a quick turnaround for a St. Louis Cardinals club that played late Sunday night and heads into this series in a bit of a slump. The Philadelphia Phillies are back on one of their hot streaks, and while Pivetta has had his struggles at times this season, he is allowing just a 3.13 ERA at home this season with an allowed batting average of .237. i'll take the Phillies at home in this contest. 

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