Astros vs Cardinals Prediction MLB Picks Today 6/5

Astros vs Cardinals Prediction MLB Picks Today 6/5

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MLB Preview and Prediction: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Houston Astros

The Houston Astros host the St. Louis Cardinals at Minute Maid Park. The Astros aim to continue their winning momentum and secure a home victory against the Cardinals.

 

Game Overview:

  • Date: June 5, 2024
  • Time: 11:10 AM
  • Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
  • Gametime Weather: 85°F

Team Breakdown:

St. Louis Cardinals:

The Cardinals enter this game with a 28-30 record and a 15-18 record on the road. Miles Mikolas is the probable starting pitcher for St. Louis.

Key Players:

  • Home Runs: Nolan Gorman (13 HR)
  • Batting Average: Masyn Winn (.297 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Nolan Gorman (30 RBI)

Miles Mikolas has a 3-6 record with a 5.54 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP over 65 innings. His struggles this season have been notable, especially with giving up home runs (10 HR).

Houston Astros:

The Astros are currently 27-34 with a 16-17 home record. Ronel Blanco is set to start for Houston.

Key Players:

  • Home Runs: Kyle Tucker (19 HR)
  • Batting Average: Jeremy Pena (.296 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Kyle Tucker (40 RBI)

Ronel Blanco has a 5-1 record with a 2.44 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP over 59 innings. His performance has been solid, demonstrating effective control and limiting opponents' scoring opportunities.

Game Odds:

Team Moneyline Total Run Line
STL (28-30) +145 o8.5 (-120) +1.5 (-140)
HOU (27-34) -170 u8.5 (EVEN) -1.5 (+120)

Prediction:

For this matchup, the prediction is that the Houston Astros will win the game. Here's why:

First, Ronel Blanco's impressive performance on the mound has been a key factor for the Astros. His ability to limit hits and maintain a low ERA gives Houston a strong edge in this game.

Second, the Cardinals' starting pitcher, Miles Mikolas, has struggled significantly this season, especially with giving up home runs. The Astros' potent lineup, led by Kyle Tucker and Jeremy Pena, can exploit Mikolas' weaknesses and generate runs.

Third, the Astros have a slight home-field advantage with a 16-17 record at Minute Maid Park. While not overwhelming, playing at home can provide the comfort and support needed to secure a win.

Additionally, the Astros' recent victory against the Cardinals gives them momentum going into this game, and they will be motivated to extend their winning streak.

Pick: Astros Moneyline (-170)

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