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(6-14) Toronto Blue Jays vs. St. Louis Cardinals (9-11)
Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: 1:45 PM ET
Venue: Busch Stadium, St. Louis Missouri
Projected Pitchers: Mat Latos vs. Carlos Martinez
MLB Moneyline Odds: Toronto -115 | St. Louis +120
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: St. Louis -1.5
MLB Betting Total: 8.5
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Toronto Blue Jays
Mat Latos will be making his second start of the season in this interleague matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals. Latos started the season in AAA and his role has been pitching depth for this Blue Jays team.
In his first outing of the season, Latos pitched five innings against the Los Angeles Angels, made it five innings but gave up six runs in the process. Latos hasn’t been an effective pitcher since 2014 when he was with the Cincinnati Reds and will be a mixed bag in most of his starts.
Where the Blue Jays has really struggled has been a surprise in the 2017 season, an offense that was best in the league in 2015 and 6th in the league in 2016, currently ranks 29th in team batting WAR. This has resulted in a team that some expected to contend for a Wildcard to instead having the worst record in baseball.
St. Louis Cardinals
Carlos Martinez is one of the hardest throwing starting pitchers in the league. Of all starting pitchers with at least 15 innings pitched, he’s 6th in the league in average fastball velocity at 96 MPH.
He combines that with a 87 MPH changeup and a 78 MPH curve and his overpowering fastball coupled with nasty speed changes has resulted in the 4th best K/9 rate in the league with more than 12 strikeouts per inning.
Despite striking out batters at a high rate, it hasn’t manifested in his run prevention as he has a 4.76 ERA in over 22 innings pitched. Much of this can be attributed to a sky high walk rate as well, as Martinez walks more than four hitters per nine innings.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-2 in TOR last 9 interleague road games
- TOR are 7-18 in their last 25 overall
- STL are 5-16 in their last 21 interleague games
Free Toronto Blue Jays vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Prediction:
The Blue Jays strikeout at a nearly league worst rate and are facing a pitcher that is near the top of the league in strikeout rate. While Latos profiles more as a 6th starter at this point in his career.
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Both pitchers have had run prevention issues thus far this season and the Cardinals should tee off against a past his prime Latos.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Toronto 3 – St. Louis 7
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