Cleveland Indians (31-26) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (31-29)
June 9, 2021 8:15 pm EDT
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -127 / Cleveland Indians +117; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Cleveland Indians and the St. Louis Cardinals meet in MLB action from Busch Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Cleveland Indians will look to build on a 10-1 rout of the Cardinals in their last game. Jose Ramirez led the charge, going 3 for 5 with a home run, a double and four RBIs while Eddie Rosario and Bradley Zimmer each had two RBIs with Rosario going 3 for 5 at the dish as well. Amed Rosario went 3 for 5 with a triple and an RBI and Cesar Hernandez added an RBI as well to cap off Cleveland’s scoring in the victory. Josh Naylor and Austin Hedges each had a pair of hits as well with Naylor adding a double to the cause to round out the Indians’ offense as a team in the winning effort. Shane Bieber got the win to improve to 7-3 on the year after allowing one run on five hits while striking out five over six innings of work. Jean Carlos Mejia will start here and is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 9 strikeouts this season. This will be Mejia’s first career start against the Cardinals.
The St. Louis Cardinals will look to bounce back after a disappointing showing against Cleveland on Tuesday. Eduardo Sosa went 2 for 4 with the Cardinals’ lone RBI while Matt Carpenter went 2 for 3 as well in the loss. Tyler O’Neill and Paul Goldschmidt each had a base hit as well as none of St. Louis’ six base hits as a team went for extra bases in the losing effort. Carlos Martinez took the loss on the mound after allowing five earned runs on seven hits while striking out seven over four innings of work. Adam Wainwright will start here and is 3-5 with a 4.19 ERA and 61 strikeouts this season. This will be Wainwright’s second career start against Cleveland.
Cleveland is 5-1 in their last 6 interleague games and 4-0 in their last 4 games as a road underdog while the over is 12-3-1 in their last 16 games as an underdog. St. Louis is 15-5 in their last 20 games as a favorite and 2-6 in their last 8 interleague games while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 interleague home games. The under is 10-5-1 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams.
I get the case that could be made for the Cards at home here as Mejia is a relative unknown and he will likely be on a pitch count here. However, I’m just not sold on Adam Wainwright as I feel he’s past his prime and we never really know what we’re going to get from him. Mejia threw three scoreless innings in his first start and I think he can build on that here and a strong Cleveland bullpen can finish the deal the rest of the way. Gie me Cleveland in this one.