Cardinals vs Astros Prediction MLB Picks Today 6/27
- Jun 27, 2023, 2:23:58 AM
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Houston Astros vs St. Louis Cardinals – Expert Analysis & Prediction
The Houston Astros are all set to face the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on June 27, 2023, at 4:45 PM. The Astros come into this game with a stronger record but the Cardinals are coming from a win vs Cubs as well. Let’s take a closer look at the factors contributing to our prediction.
Houston Astros – Team Insight
Framber Valdez, the Astros' left-handed pitcher, holds a 7-5 record with an impressive 2.27 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 99.0 innings. He has also achieved 104 strikeouts. His strong form is likely to pose challenges for the Cardinals’ hitters.
Yordan Alvarez has been leading the Astros offensively with 17 home runs, 55 RBIs, and a .277 average. Additionally, the return of Jose Altuve, who is back in the lineup, will provide the Astros with a much-needed boost in offense.
Michael Brantley and Jose Urquidy are on the 60-Day IL for the Astros.
St. Louis Cardinals – Team Insight
For the Cardinals, left-handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery is on the mound. He has a 4-7 record with a 3.69 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over 85.1 innings. With 79 strikeouts, he has been decent but not as impressive as Valdez.
Nolan Arenado has contributed with 15 home runs and 50 RBIs for the Cardinals, and Paul Goldschmidt holds a .286 batting average. However, their team stats have been relatively unimpressive compared to the Astros.
Jack Flaherty is day-to-day, and Ryan Helsley is on the 15-Day IL for the Cardinals.
The Astros have a more formidable pitcher on the mound in the form of Framber Valdez. His exceptional form is likely to limit the Cardinals' scoring. Additionally, the Astros’ batting lineup is bolstered by the return of Jose Altuve. These factors make the Astros the favorites for this matchup and are expected to take advantage of the Cardinals' weaker home record.
Pick: Astros ML