Add Cardinals & Wainwright to Picks (-1 ½ R, +130)

Joe Gavazzi

Thursday, August 7, 2014 4:04 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 4:04 PM UTC

We preview tonight's matchup between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals in hopes of finding a betting angle worth taking advantage of with our picks. Find out where and how we have decided to place our cash.

Resounding victories in MLB are a combination of motivation and mismatches.  This is a prime example of that which will no doubt result in a multi-run victory for our preferred team.  If you are looking for the Top Play of the Night, you just found it!  Take advantage of this run line selection with an underdog price that provides all the value you need to pull the trigger.    


Boston Red Sox (Workman) at St. Louis Cardinals (Wainwright) (-1 ½ R, +130) 7:15 ET

MLB Picks: 10* St. Louis (-1 ½ R, +130)

These two have split the first two of a 3 game set.  As a result, St. Louis still does not feel they have avenged their World Series defeat of last October at the hands of the Boston Red Sox.  The situation I will describe gives all the motivation the Cards will need for a blowout win.  Let us first consider the fact that these Red Sox are far from the team who captured the crown last fall.  With that realization, they have traded the top of their rotation in the persons of Lester, Lackey and Peavy. 

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The downward spiral to a current 50-63 record has precipitated since the All Star break.  Boston has still not reached the nadir of their discontent.  In the last 2 weeks, the Red Sox are 3-11, being outscored 77-37.  Workman is clearly not the answer.  Boston has won just two of his 9 starts.  In the last 4 starts, Workman has toiled 23 IP, allowing 20 runs with a woeful 15/11 KBB.  That translates into a 5.87 ERA. 

After last night’s 2-1 loss, St. Louis will prove their resiliency.  The Cards are the best in this category, at bouncing back after a loss, since the beginning of 2013.  Over that span of time, St. Louis is 76-41, including 31-20 this year following a defeat.  But, the motivation does not end there.  Consider the situation for Wainwright.  St. Louis has won 16 of 22 of Adam Wainwright (13-6, 2.26 ERA) starts, in which he has a 2.26 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 127/37 KBB.  He has proven he is among the best starters in the league as he works tonight for the National League lead in victories.  More inspiration for Wainwright comes from his rare bad outing in his previous start.  That was a 7-4 loss to Milwaukee in which Wainwright surrendered all those runs in 5 1/3 IP.  For the icing on the cake, understand Wainwright’s motivation as he pitches with double revenge for a pair of World Series losses at the hands of the Red Sox. 

Run line players will note the rather neutral numbers in the fact the Cards have won 23/32 home games by 2 or more runs, while Boston has lost 21 of 32 road games by 2 or more runs.  But, add the fact that St. Louis still trails Milwaukee by a game for the division lead and you have all the motivation you need for this bounce back blowout victory that will cash in for our MLB picks.

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