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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies - 8/2/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Rockies (58-49) at St. Louis Cardinals (55-53)
Date & Time Thursday August 2, 2018, 1:15 PM (EDT)
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The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -140 / Colorado Rockies +130 --- Over/Under: 8.5
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MLB | Colorado Rockies (58-49) at St. Louis Cardinals (55-53)
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The Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals meet Thursday in MLB action at Busch Stadium. 

The Colorado Rockies look for a victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Rockies have scored 13 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last nine games. The Colorado Rockies have won seven of their last nine games when scoring at least three runs. Nolan Arenado leads the Rockies with 119 hits and 80 RBI while Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story have combined for 235 hits and 119 RBI. Antonio Senzatela gets the ball, and he is 4-3 with a 5.01 ERA and 32 strikeouts this season. Senzatela is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

The St. Louis Cardinals look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 12 games. The Cardinals have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won seven straight games when scoring more than three runs. Marcell Ozuna leads the Cardinals with 110 hits and 59 RBI while Matt Carpenter and Jose Martinez have combined for 204 hits and 116 RBI. Miles Mikolas gets the ball, and he is 11-3 with a 2.83 ERA and 91 strikeouts this season. Mikolas is 0-0 with a 16.20 ERA and zero strikeouts in his career against the Rockies.

The Rockies are 1-7 in Senzatelas last 8 road starts, 9-3 in their last 12 games vs. a right-handed starter and 20-6 in their last 26 overall. The Cardinals are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 4 of a series, 4-1 in Mikolas' last 5 starts on grass and 4-1 in Mikolas' last 5 starts. The Rockies are 16-36 in the last 52 meetings in St. Louis, 16-35 in the last 51 meetings and the over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

The Colorado Rockies and the big plus money are worth a look here considering they've been playing better baseball than the Cardinals. However, Senzatela has just four starts under his belt this season and has been rocked every time he's gone a lengthy period. Senzatela has allowed 11 runs in his last 17 innings and has picked up a walk problem recently as well. Mikolas has allowed three or less runs in each of his last seven starts and has a healthy 2.09 ERA at home this season. With a quick turnaround, I like the Cardinals at home here.

St. Louis Cardinals -140

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