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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Houston Astros - 7/28/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Houston Astros at St. Louis Cardinals
Date & Time Sunday July 28, 2019, 2:15 PM (EDT)
Location
Busch Stadium
St. Louis, MO
The Line
St. Louis Cardinals +115 / Houston Astros -135
TV Channel
FS-Midwest
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The Houston Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals meet in the rubber match of their three game interleague set in MLB action from Busch Stadium on Sunday.

The Houston Astros will look to win the series after evening the set up at one win apiece following their 8-2 win in game two on Saturday. Carlos Correa went 2 for 4 with a home run and five RBIs while George Springer had a triple and two RBIs. Michael Brantley added an RBI of his own to round out Houston’s scoring as a team in the win while Alex Bregman and Josh Reddick each added a double. Jose Altuve, Yuli Gurriel and Robinson Chirinos each had two hits to cap off Houston’s offense as a team in the victory. Gerrit Cole gave up one run on four hits while striking out seven over seven innings of work to improve to 12-5 on the year with the win. Wade Miley will start the finale and is 8-4 with a 3.18 ERA and 100 strikeouts this season. In his career, Miley is 2-3 with a 4.41 ERA and 30 strikeouts against St. Louis.

The St. Louis Cardinals will look to bounce back and win the series despite dropping game two on Saturday. Paul Goldschmidt had a solo home run while Jose Martinez added a double and an RBI to round out the Cardinals’ scoring as a team in the loss. Tyler O’Neill went 2 for 3 and Paul DeJong added a double while Andrew Knizner and Tommy Edman each contributed base hits to round out St. Louis’ offense as a team in the losing effort. Daniel Ponce de Leon took the loss, falling to 1-1 on the year after allowing five runs on three hits while walking four over 2.1 innings of work. This will be Hudson’s first career start against Houston.

Houston is 4-1 in Miley’s last 5 starts and 7-2 in their last 9 games overall while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games against the NL Central. St. Louis is 11-1 in Hudson’s last 12 starts and 12-2 in their last 14 games overall while the under is 4-0 in Hudson’s last 4 home starts.

Getting the Astros and a low line, home or away is tempting given the talent that Houston possesses from top to bottom in their lineup. However, Miley’s ERA swells from 1.92 at home to well over four on the road this season, and St. Louis has been as hot as anyone in the second half of the season so far. Also, all the Cardinals seem to do with Hudson on the mound is win as he personally has won his last four starts and the Cardinals have won 11 of Hudson’s last 12 starts. I think the plus money is worth taking a shot with on Sunday, so I’ll back St. Louis for the series win here.

Pick:
St. Louis Cardinals +115

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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