Philadelphia Phillies (25-16) at St. Louis Cardinals (23-18)
MLB: Friday, May 18, 2018 at 8:15 PM ET (Busch Stadium)
Line and Odds: Cardinals -116/Phillies +106 – Over/Under: 7.5
FREE MLB Pick Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals
The Philadelphia Phillies (25-16) continued their winning ways by defeating the Cardinals 6-2 in the first game of the series. Philadelphia received home runs from Carlos Santana and Pedro Florimon that helped them get the victory. The Phillies received another impressive performance from their pitching staff, which ranks third in the league in earned run average. Vince Velasquez went 6.1 innings and didn’t allow a run. Philadelphia will send Jake Arrieta (3-1, 2.59 ERA) to the mound on Friday. Arrieta has been good in his first season with the Phillies, giving up two runs or less in every game except one. Arrieta went 7.1 innings in his last start and he didn’t give up a run and allowed only five hits.
The St. Louis Cardinals (23-18) continued their offensive struggles with a poor batting performance in game one of this series. Going into their last game against the Phillies, the Cardinals had only hit 19 home runs in 19 home games. This puts an enormous amount of pressure on their pitching staff, which has been good so far this year. St. Louis will start Michael Wacha (4-1, 3.09 ERA) in the second game of the series. Wacha has been impressive of late, giving up one run or less in four of his last five starts. Unfortunately for Wacha, he can only do so much with the Cardinals’ minimal run support. In two starts against Philadelphia last season, Wacha went 1-0 and gave up four earned runs in ten innings of work.
Cover The Spread 365 Betting Trends
9-1 ATS in last 10 games
7-1 SU in last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in last 5 games
St. Louis Cardinals
3-14 ATS in last 17 games
1-4 SU in last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of last 5 games
FREE MLB Pick St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies
This might be the best pitching matchup of the night, as Arrieta and Wacha have both been impressive this year. The Phillies continue to shatter expectations and look like a very viable baseball team. Philadelphia will continue to lean on Odubel Herrera, who has reached base safely in 43 straight games. The Cardinals look to be in trouble this game if their offense doesn’t get rolling. The Phillies will enter this game with the better offense and the better pitcher, which usually results in a victory. Arrieta could very well dominate this struggling Cardinals lineup, and I’m going with the Phillies for the second straight night.
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