St. Louis Cardinals vs. Oakland Athletics - 6/25/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics at St. Louis Cardinals
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7:15 PM (Busch Stadium)
St. Louis Cardinals -135 / Oakland Athletics +125
The Oakland A’s and the St. Louis Cardinals meet in the opener of a mini two game interleague set in MLB action from Busch Stadium on Tuesday.
The Oakland A’s will look to build some momentum after earning a series split with the Tampa Bay Rays, following an 8-2 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Marcus Semien had a double and an RBI while Chad Pinder went 3 for 4 with a double. Khris Davis and Josh Phegley each had a base hit to cap off Oakland’s offense as a team in the losing effort. Brett Anderson took the loss, falling to 7-5 on the year after allowing seven runs on nine hits over three innings of work. Chris Bassitt will start game one and is 4-3 with a 3.64 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. This will be Bassitt’s first career start against St. Louis.
The St. Louis Cardinals will look to keep the ball rolling despite failing to complete the sweep of the Angels over the weekend, dropping the series finale by a final score of 6-4. Kolten Wong had a double, going 2 for 4 with two RBIs while Jose Martinez had a solo home run and Dexter Fowler added an RBI to finish off St. Louis’ scoring as a team in the losing effort. Tommy Edman had a triple while Yairo Munoz, Miles Mikolas and Matt Carpenter each had base hits as well for St. Louis in the losing effort. Mikolas took the loss on the mound, despite giving up just one run on seven hits while striking out four over five innings of work. Jack Flaherty will start game one and is 4-4 with a 4.74 ERA and 89 strikeouts this season. This will be Flaherty’s first career start against Oakland.
Oakland is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall and 1-4 in Bassitt’s last 5 interleague starts while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. St. Louis is 1-4 in Flaherty’s last 5 interleague starts and 5-0 in their last 5 games following a loss while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the AL West. Oakland is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
The plus money with Oakland is worth a look as Bassitt has been solid in recent starts and Oakland has played some solid ball on the road lately. However, while Flaherty has had some bumpy outings lately, he’s a much better pitcher at home this season and the Cardinals have been playing some great baseball in their own right and just kept an offensively strong Angels team under wraps for most of their series over the weekend. I just think that St. Louis holds the Cards (no pun intended) for game one, so I’ll lay the juice with St. Louis to draw first blood here at home.