Cleveland Indians (21-12) at St. Louis Cardinals (11-13)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 2:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Aaron Civale (4-3) (3.13) vs. Adam Wainwright (2-0) (2.88)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -115 / Cleveland Indians +105 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cleveland Indians and the St. Louis Cardinals meet Sunday in MLB action from Busch Stadium.
This will be the third and final installment of the weekend series between these teams. In the Friday opener, the Indians came away with a 14-2 win. On Saturday, we had a tight game and a lengthy 12-inning marathon. Cleveland ended up winning a defensive battle 2-1. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Indians got a nice start out of Carlos Carrasco in the Saturday win, as he put up 6.0 innings with just two hits, two walks and six strikeouts. Jose Ramirez had two of the Indians’ five hits and added a solo homer in the first inning.
For the Sunday starting pitcher role, the Indians will go with Aaron Civale. In his six starts this season, Civale is 3-3 with a 3.15 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 40.0 innings total. Over his MLB career, Civale is 6-7 with a 2.67 ERA and 86 Ks in 97.2 innings.
Over on the Cardinals’ side, they got a nice start from Jack Flaherty on Saturday. He went 5.0 innings with three hits, two walks, one earned and five strikeouts. Paul Goldschmidt was the only St. Louis player with an extra-base hit in that one, going 2-for-5 with a double.
For the Sunday starting role, the Cardinals will send Adam Wainwright to the mound. Over four starts this season, Wainwright is 2-0 with a 2.88 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 25.0 innings. In his MLB career, Wainwright owns a 164-95 record with a 3.38 ERA and 1792 Ks in 2128.2 innings.
The Indians are 5-1 in their last six in game three of a series and 39-13 in the last 52 versus a team with a losing record. Cleveland is 38-13 in their last 51 games as a road favorite and 61-25 in their last 86 games overall as a favorite.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 42-17 in their last 59 games after losing the first two games of a series and 1-7 in their last eight interleague games versus a team with a winning record. St. Louis is 1-4 in their last five overall and 1-4 in their last five games as an underdog.
Pick: Going with the Indians. This should be a pretty tight game, though; both starters should do well. Civale coughed up a pair of home runs in his last start versus the Twins, but otherwise allowed seven hits on three runs with eight Ks. As for Wainwright, he got some good length in seven innings on Tuesday, with four runs on seven hits. The starters should be on point here, so I expect this one to stay close until the later innings. A breakout hit or two will probably decide it.