St Louis Cardinals vs Philadelphia Phillies Prediction, Pick and Preview, October 8 (10/8): MLB

St Louis Cardinals vs Philadelphia Phillies Prediction, Pick and Preview, October 8 (10/8): MLB

Odds

Time 8:37 p.m. EST
Phillies money line -110
Phillies run line -1.5 (+150)
Cardinals money line +100
Cardinals run line +1.5 (-180)
Over / under 6.5

 

Key stats

  Philadelphia Phillies  St Louis Cardinals
Record 88-75 93-70
Road / home record 41-41 53-29
Last 10 record 4-6 4-6
Streak W1 L2
Over / under record 82-75-6 78-80-5
Runs / game 4.61 4.77
Runs allowed / game 4.23 3.93

 

Preview

The St Louis Cardinals will host the Philadelphia Phillies to play the 1st game of the NL Wild Card series on Saturday. The Phillies cameback and scored six runs in the ninth inning to steal the win from the Cardinals in the 1st game of the series.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies get to this game with a 88-75 record and have won 3 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 4.61 runs per game. They're batting for .255 AVG, 745 runs scored in 1385 hits and 205 home runs, ranking #7 in offense in the league behind the NY Mets. Kyle Schwarber leads the team with 46 home runs and 94 RBI while Alec Bohm is batting for .281 avg.

Defensively they are allowing 4.23 runs per game and rank #15 in the league. Zack Wheeler leads the team with a 2.82 ERA, 163 strikeouts and 12 wins recorded for the Phillies.

Probable Pitcher:  Aaron Nola (11-13, 3.25 ERA)

Nola will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Phillies. Nola earned the win against the Astros on Monday, allowing no runs on two hits and no walks with nine strikeouts over 6.2 innings. He is 5-3 with an ERA of 2.69 and 66 strikeouts in 9 appearances against the Cardinals in his career.

St Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals get here with a 93-70 record and have lost 4 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 4.77 runs and and they're batting for .258 AVG, have 662 runs scored in 1178 hits and 170 home runs, ranking #2 in offense in the league behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. Paul Goldschmidt leads the team with 37 home runs and batting for .335 AVG with 115 RBI so far.

Defensively they are allowing 3.93 runs per game and rank #9 in the league. Adam Wainwright leads the pitching staff with a 3.21 ERA, 132 strikeouts and 10 wins recorded with the Cards.

Probable Pitcher: Miles Mikolas (12-13, 3.29 ERA)

Mikolas will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Cardinals. The veteran right-hander allowed a run over three frames in his final outing of the regular season Monday. He is 2-1 with an ERA of 3.16 and 14 strikeouts in 5 appearances versus the Phillies in his career.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Philadelphia are 4-8 SU in their last 12 games.

Philadelphia are 4-10 SU in their last 14 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Philadelphia's last 9 games when playing on the road against St. Louis.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis' last 5 games against Philadelphia.

St. Louis are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Cardinals took a painful loss in the first game of the series as the Phillies scored 6 runs in the 9th inning to win the game. Mike Mikolas will start for the Cardinals who was solid in his last 2 starts of the season and allowed only 1 run the last time he faced the Phillies. Aaron Nola will start for the Phillies who has also been pretty solid this season but was pounded by the Cardinals with 5 runs the last time he faced them. Expect a strong response from the Cardinals after giving away the 1st game. Take the Cardinals.

PICK: Cardinals ML (+100)

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