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St. Louis Cardinals vs Philadelphia Phillies 10/8/22 MLB Picks, Predictions, Odds

Philadelphia Phillies (87-75) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (93-69)
October 8, 2022 8:37 pm EDT
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -105 / Philadelphia Phillies -115; Over/Under: 6.5
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The Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals meet Saturday in game 2 of the MLB NL Wild Card at Busch Stadium. The Philadelphia Phillies look to make the NLDS for the first time since 2011. The St. Louis Cardinals need a win to save their season and force a game 3 on Sunday.

The Philadelphia Phillies get a major confidence boost after a six-run ninth inning to steal game 1. At this point the Phillies are playing with house money as they looked dead in the water for much of the series opener. The Phillies have now won 7 of their last 10 games when scoring at least 3 runs. Alec Bohm leads the Phillies with 1 hit and 1 RBI, while Brandon Marsh and J.T. Realmuto have combined for 2 hits and 1 RBI. Aaron Nola gets the ball, and he was 11-13 with a 3.25 ERA and 235 strikeouts this season. This will be Nola’s career postseason debut.

The St. Louis Cardinals need to find a way to bounce back after Ryan Helsley let the team down with his blown save. With the experience and leadership on this Cardinals roster, I’d assume guys will be able to regroup for another shot. The Cardinals have now lost 12 of their last 14 games when scoring 3 or fewer runs. Nolan Arenado leads the Cardinals with 1 hit, while Tommy Edman and Nolan Gorman have combined for 2 hits and 1 RBI. Miles Mikolas gets the ball, and he was 12-13 with a 3.29 ERA and 153 strikeouts this season. Mikolas is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA and 9 strikeouts in his postseason career.

The Phillies are 4-10 in their last 14 road games and 25-12 in their last 37 games following a win. The Cardinals are 36-16 in their last 52 Saturday games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The over is 5-2 in Phillies last 7 overall. The over is 4-1-1 in Cardinals last 6 overall. The under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in St. Louis and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

We’re getting another low total between these teams. Yes, both pitchers are good, but it won’t take much to get us over this number. Both offenses found their spark late yesterday, and there’s a chance that carries over here. Also, this will be Aaron Nola’s playoff debut, so who knows how the nerves hold up. In 77 at bats against current Cardinals, Miles Mikolas is allowing a .273 batting average with 4 homers and a .309 OBP. Give me the over with this small total.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Over 6.5

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Randy Chambers

Randy has covered sports betting since 2014 and writes about everything from NFL to WNBA and is more than familiar with what it takes to navigate a 150 game college basketball Saturday and a 162 game MLB schedule. Randy has done it all. Follow Randy Chambers on Twitter or catch him on the PickDawgz YouTube channel.

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