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16-11 (8-6 V) Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals 13-14 (6-8 H)
Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016
Time: 1:45 PM ET
Venue: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Projected Pitchers: Jerad Eickhoff vs. Jaime Garcia
MLB Moneyline Odds: Off
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: Off
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Philadelphia continues to be the biggest surprise in MLB through the first five weeks of the season.
As this is being written they have a better record than the Cardinals and have been boon to bettors as one of just two teams to bank double digit units so far this season.
The question is how long can they keep this up. Playing the Cards is always a good measuring stick.
The Phillies have been a great story, especially when you consider that they have the worst offense in the Majors – they are barely averaging 3 runs per game.
That means the team has to come crashing down eventually, right? Maybe not if they can get slugger Ryan Howard to nudge his average over .200.
The same goes for OF Peter Bourjos. As bad as things have been at the dish there is reason to believe they can improve.
Jerad Eickhoff is part of the Phillies future for sure but he is also a big part of the present. His ERA and record are pretty average but in 30 innings he has 32 Ks and just 5 BBs. Any team would take that ratio to build off of. His record can turn around if he keeps pitching like that.
The bullpen does not have a lot of familiar names but this group is holding their own. They can be better so there is some hope that this team could stay above water for longer than most would have thought.
St. Louis Cardinals
What’s up with the Cardinals way. This team is going to have to get a lot better if they want to hang with the Cubs this season.
The question is how do they do it? They are second in runs scored and in the top half in team ERA.
It could be just a matter of cluster luck but either way they need to start getting it done because the Cubbies are on fire and you don’t want to find yourself in too big a hole.
They are looking to close this series with some momentum to take on the Pirates.
Jaime Garcia had the best pitching performance from a guy not named Arrieta in his second start of the season but since then it has been downhill. Not terrible but progressively worse and he has not won since. His normal level is probably somewhere in between.
In the bullpen the Cards are solid. Trevor Rosenthal is striking out two batters per inning but real star may be import Seung-Hwan Oh.
He may not look like much but he has 20Ks in 14 innings with a WHIP under 1. St. Louis is solid in this area.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- PHI are 7-1 in their last 8 overall.
- PHI are 7-1 in their last 8 games on grass.
- Under is 5-1-2 in PHI last 8 overall.
- Over is 7-2-2 in STL last 11 overall.
- Over is 7-2-2 in STL last 11 on grass.
- STL are 20-8 in their last 28 Thu. games.
Free Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Prediction:
I could have never anticipated the Phillies getting off to the start they have this season. It is all pitching based and I think Eickhoff will be able to give them a shot against a mediocre Cardinals attack. Garcia is not going to give up too much to Philly so look for the total to be pretty low. Still there is a better pay off to go with the Phillies on the moneyline.
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MLB Free Score Prediction: Philadelphia 3 – St. Louis 2
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