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2019 MLB Season
(66-38) Houston Astros vs St. Louis Cardinals (54-47)
Date: Friday July 26, 2019
Time: 8:15 PM ET
Venue: Busch Stadium, St. Louis Missouri
Projected Pitchers: Houston: Jose Urquidy / St. Louis: Jack Flaherty
MLB Moneyline Odds: Astros +102 | Cardinals -112
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: OFF
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9
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The Astros kick off tonight’s interleague opener vs. St. Louis having compiled a 9-5 record since the All Star break against quality opposition. Houston is 7-1 in their last eight after downing Oakland, Anaheim and Texas on multiple occasions.
For their inspired play, Houston is a consensus top-three club on most respected MLB power-ranking boards. Recent series highlights include Houston sweeping Texas back to .500 before defeating contender Oakland twice in a three-game set.
While St. Louis has also thrived of late, the Astros have shined just the same, but against better opposition.
Behind an elite offense and bullpen, rookie prospect Jose Urquidy (1-0, 5.54 ERA) gets the start tonight. St. Louis’ surging bats should test Urquidy’s early MLB success, however. Houston is 3-0 when Urquidy appears.
The 24-year-old Mazatalan, Mexico product recently spun seven sharp innings allowing just two hits and one run, while recording nine strikeouts, during Houston’s 6-1 July, 20 victory vs. Texas.
St. Louis Cardinals
Just 0.5 games behind Chicago for top NL Central honors, St. Louis has battered mediocre NL foes while netting an impressive 10-3 record since the mid-summer classic.
Wednesday night the Cards finished a three-game sweep of pesky Pittsburgh in dominant 14-8 fashion after two prior one-run battles.
There’s an idiom which states ‘Nothing succeeds like success.’ And right now, St. Louis is back on top after mid-season letdowns. The question now is, can the Cardinals’ fortunes continue against a legitimate World Series contender?
RHP Jack Flaherty (4-6, 4.24 ERA) hopes so. Although, following a strong 2019 start, Flaherty’s fortunes have sunk as St. Louis has dropped six of the 23-year-old’s last eight appearances.
The balanced, formidable Astros will be ready to pounce on any Flaherty mistake with unforgiving precision.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Houston is 7-1 SU in its last eight games.
- St. Louis is 7-1 SU in their last eight games.
- St. Louis is 4-2 SU in their last six home games.
- Houston is 4-4 SU in its last eight road games.
Free Houston Astros vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Prediction:
In a battle between two surging teams, Houston will prove its class from the onset. Game one of this intriguing three-game NL vs. AL set will become a means for the Astros to establish control over a plucky, yet outmatched opponent.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Astros SU
Look for Houston’s offense to step up against a middling pitcher as their newbie gains more invaluable reps. As the season unfolds, Urquidy could become an important cog for the Astros. Expect the run total to be double digit.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Houston Astros 6 – St. Louis Cardinals 4
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