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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins - 6/20/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Miami Marlins at St. Louis Cardinals
Date & Time Thursday June 20, 2019, 7:15 PM (EDT)
Location
Busch Stadium
St. Louis, MO
The Line
St. Louis Cardinals -160 / Miami Marlins +140
TV Channel
FS-Florida, FS-Midwest
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The Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals meet in the finale of their four game set in MLB action from Busch Stadium on Thursday.

The Miami Marlins will look to salvage a series split after dropping game three on Wednesday by a final score of 2-1. Miguel Rojas went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI while Curtis Granderson had a double and Jorge Alfaro and Austin Dean each had base hits as well as Miami had just five hits as a team in the losing effort. Trevor Richards gave up one run on four hits while striking out eight over 5.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Adam Conley ended up with the loss in relief to fall to 1-7 this season. Zac Gallen will make his major league debut in game four and was 9-1 with a 1.77 ERA and 112 strikeouts for AAA New Orleans this season.

The St. Louis Cardinals will look to win the series after taking game three on Wednesday. Paul Goldschmidt had a solo home run while Dexter Fowler added an RBI as well to finish off St. Louis’ scoring in the win. Matt Carpenter, Jose Martinez, Rangel Ravelo and Tommy Edman each had base hits as the Cardinals cranked out six hits as a team in the victory. Daniel Ponce De Leon threw six shutout innings, allowing just two hits while striking out six over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. John Gant picked up the win to improve to 7-0 this season. Adam Wainwright will start the finale and is 5-6 with a 4.46 ERA and 61 strikeouts this season. In his career, Wainwright is 6-2 with a 2.95 ERA and 64 strikeouts against Miami.

Miami is 3-10 in their last 13 games overall and 18-47 in their last 65 road games while the under is 11-1 in their last 12 Thursday games. St. Louis is 8-3 in their last 11 games against the NL East and 2-5 in Wainwright’s last 7 starts while the under is 10-1 in their last 11 home games. St. Louis is 5-1 in Wainwright’s last 6 starts against Miami.

Miami’s scoring woes continued in game three on Wednesday, scoring just one run and losing even though they played some solid defense and the pitching held St. Louis to just two runs. Miami’s offensive issues would lead to a logical pick for St. Louis given that Miami is sending another pitcher to the mound making their major league debut here, which is a spot I’m not fond in backing. However, Jordan Yamamoto has thrown back-to-back shutouts in his first two major league starts for Miami, so the Marlins may have some luck going with their rookies. Also, Gallen was drafted by the Cardinals and was deemed expendable as part of the deal that brought Marcell Ozuna to St. Louis a couple of years ago. I have to imagine that Gallen will want to try to stick it to his former team here, and his numbers in AAA were pretty solid this season, so I’ll take a shot with Miami and the plus money here.

Pick:
Miami Marlins +140

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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