Philadelphia Phillies (24-16) at St. Louis Cardinals (23-17)
MLB: Thursday, May 17th, 2018 at 7:15 PM ET (Busch Stadium)
Line and Odds: Cardinals -127/Phillies +117 – Over/Under: 8.5
FREE MLB Pick Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals
The Philadelphia Phillies (24-16) have won six of their last seven games and are playing well. Despite ranking only 17th in batting average, the Phillies rank sixth in the league in on-base percentage. Philadelphia is lead by Odubel Herrera, who currently leads the MLB in batting average with a .357. The Phillies have been lead by their pitching staff, which ranks third in earned run average and seventh in both opponent batting average and WHIP. Philadelphia will start Vince Velasquez (3-4, 5.05 ERA) against the Cardinals. In one career start versus the Cardinals, Velasquez went six innings and gave up five runs. He will be looking to improve from that start and keep the Phillies’ momentum going.
The St. Louis Cardinals (23-17) have lost five of their last eight games and are looking to turn things around. St. Louis continues to struggle offensively, ranking near the bottom of the league in most statistical categories. Similarly to the Phillies, St. Louis has relied heavily on their pitching staff. The Cardinals rank fifth in earned run average and tenth in WHIP so far this season. Luke Weaver (3-2, 4.91 ERA) will get the start for the Cardinals. After giving up at least four runs or more in four straight games, Weaver looked good in his last start and pitched five shutout innings against the Padres. In one previous start against the Phillies, Weaver gave up three runs in five innings of work.
Cover The Spread 365 Betting Trends
8-1 ATS in last 9 games
6-1 SU in last 7 games
5-1 ATS in last 6 road games
St. Louis Cardinals
3-13 ATS in last 16 games
1-6 ATS in last 7 home games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of last 14 games
FREE MLB Pick St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies
The Philadelphia Phillies are doing better than anyone thought they would, and they have been led by Odubel Herrera who has reached base safely in 42 straight games. This is a matchup of two solid pitching staffs, so whoevers offense breaks out will probably take this game. Although Luke Weaver looked good in his last start, he has been struggling of late, giving up at least four runs or more in his four starts prior to that. The Phillies will find a way to get on base and score off of Weaver early on. The Cardinals offense will continue to sputter which will result in a Phillies victory.
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