Miller & Feldman Hold the Betting Edge for Tonight's MLB Picks

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, September 18, 2014 12:18 PM UTC

Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 12:18 PM UTC

Our MLB pitching stats specialist analyzes a pair of games tonight between the Brewers/Cardinals and the Indians/Astros. Read this MLB handicapping article that discloses where the betting value lies pertaining to the starting pitchers for each of these two games.

Brewers vs. Cardinals 8:15 PM ET
The Brewers will hope that their veteran hurler Kyle Lohse can snap out of prolonged doldrums versus the Cardinals. Lohse has posted a 7.55 ERA and 1.71 WHIP over his last 6-starts against the St. Louis. Lohse has also been in terrible form over his past 3-starts overall as evidenced by a large 7.71 ERA. Lohse has additionally been horrible in his last 4 road start, posting a terrible 9.16 ERA and a mammoth 2.09 WHIP.

The Cardinals will counter with their young right-hander Shelby Miller. He’s been brilliant over his last 3-starts going 3-0 versus the money with a paltry 0.45 ERA. Miller has gone a perfect 7-0 lifetime versus the Brewers with a stellar 2.30 ERA, and all of those starts have taken place since 2013.

Advantage: This is a no doubter for me. I’m giving a huge edge to Shelby Miller of the Cardinals over Kyle Lohse of the Brewers. Make sure to place your free picks at a trustworthy sportsbook like 5Dimes.

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Indians vs. Astros 8:10 PM ET
The Indians will go with right-hander Danny Salazar on the hill for tonight’s game. Salazar has gone 3-6 against the money on the road this season with a less than impressive 4.89 ERA. After performing impressively over a recent 4-start stretch, Salazar has regressed in his last 2. In those 2 outings he been rocked hard while posting a big 7.84 ERA.

The Astros will send veteran right-hander Scott Feldman to the mound. Feldman enters tonight in terrific form over his last 3-starts, with a sparkling 1.54 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP, and an 8:1 strikeout to walk ratio. This will be his first start of the season versus the Indians, and he’s only faced the Tribe once since the start of the 2010 season.

Advantage: Scott Feldman looks to be inspired to finish the year strong, and solidify a job for the 2015 campaign. Danny Salazar has been inconsistent all season long, and his last 2-starts are a case in point. My betting edge goes to Feldman of the Astros over Salazar of the Indians for my free MLB picks.

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