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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 5/17/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Philadelphia Phillies (24-16) at St. Louis Cardinals (23-17)
Date & Time Thursday May 17, 2018, 7:15 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -140 / Philadelphia Phillies +130 --- Over/Under: 8.5
TV Channel
FSMW, NSPA
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MLB | Philadelphia Phillies (24-16) at St. Louis Cardinals (23-17)
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The Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals meet Thursday in MLB action at Busch Stadium. 

The Philadelphia Phillies look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Phillies have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Philadelphia Phillies have won six straight games when scoring more than one run. Odubel Herrera leads the Phillies with 51 hits and 24 RBI while Cesar Hernandez and Rhys Hoskins have combined for 75 hits and 40 RBI. Vince Velasquez gets the ball, and he is 3-4 with a 5.05 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. This will be Velasquez’s second career game against the Cardinals.

The St. Louis Cardinals could use a win here after splitting their last 10 games. The Cardinals have scored 11 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in nine of their last 13 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have lost five of their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Jose Martinez leads the Cardinals with 42 hits and 23 RBI while Marcell Ozuna and Tommy Pham have combined for 79 hits and 38 RBI. Luke Weaver gets the ball, and he is 3-2 with a 4.91 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. This will be Weaver’s second career game against the Phillies.

The Phillies are 10-1 in their last 11 vs. National League Central, 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win and 10-22 in Velasquezs last 32 starts. The Cardinals are 7-2 in their last 9 home games, 25-11 in their last 36 vs. National League East and 12-5 in Weavers last 17 starts. The Phillies are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in St. Louis, 1-6 in the last 7 meetings and the under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.

Weaver has had one good start in his last five tries and has an ERA over five at home this season. Velasquez has allowed a combined four runs in his last 11 innings, is coming off a double-digit strikeout performance and has a much better ERA on the road than at home. The Phillies also enter this series as the hotter team, as the Cards are often hit or miss. Hard not to like the value of the Phillies and the plus money.

Pick:
Philadelphia Phillies +130

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