MLB Picks: Bet Cardinals vs. Astros to go 'Over'

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:34 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2013 12:34 PM UTC

The St. Louis Cardinals own the best road record in baseball, as they prepare to open up a two-game series against the Houston Astros Tuesday night.
<p style="text-align:center;"></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;"><br />Let’s take a closer look at the <a href="/betting-odds/mlb-baseball/" title="Live MLB Odds &amp; Betting Lines" target="_blank">MLB odds</a> for this interleague matchup at Minute Maid Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET.</span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:1em;"><em>Check out our <a target="_blank" title="MLB Odds &amp; Betting Lines Report" href="/mlb-baseball/free-picks/mlb-picks-tuesday-baseball-odds-betting-lines-report-a-32024/">Tuesday Morning MLB Odds &amp; Betting Lines Report</a>.</em><br /></span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em;">Swept</b><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p><img id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" alt="Image preview" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" src="/picks-pictures/Matt+Holliday+St+Louis+Cardinals+Photo+Day+june%20200.jpg" style="font-size:1em;" />St. Louis has lost a season high-tying three consecutive games, which includes a 2-1 setback to the Texas Rangers as -186 home favorites on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, while going UNDER the total for the sixth time in seven contests.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>The Cardinals are 18-9 after losing three or more games in a row the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 15-10-2 in that situation.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p><b>Playing better baseball</b><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>Houston has compiled a respectable 14-11 record since May 29—alternating wins and losses in its last eight games.  The Astros will look to bounce back from a 14-6 blowout loss to the Chicago Cubs as +156 road underdogs Sunday.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>The Astros are 0-5 after allowing 10 runs or more this season, with no edge in terms of the betting total (2-2-1 Over/Under).</p> <p><b>Westbrook</b><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p><a href="" title="How does Jake Westbrook post solid numbers" target="_blank">Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook</a> (3-2, 1.76 ERA) earned a 4-1 home victory over the Chicago Cubs last time out, as he allowed one run (zero earned) and just two hits over seven strong innings.  <span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>The right-hander is 1-2 with a 3.10 ERA in five road outings, with opposing hitters batting .321 against him.</p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">In seven career games versus the Astros, Westbrook has compiled a 3-2 record and 5.50 ERA, including a 1-2 mark and 6.63 ERA in four efforts at this ballpark.</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p><b>Harrell</b><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>Astros starting pitcher Lucas Harrell (5-7, 4.32 ERA) has led the club to back-to-back wins, including a no-decision effort in a 7-4 home victory over the Milwaukee Brewers last time out, as he allowed four runs (one earned) and five hits over 5.1 innings.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>The right-hander is 3-5 with a 5.43 ERA in 10 home games, surrendering nine home runs in 53 combined frames.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>In six career games (five starts) versus the Cardinals, Harrell has tallied a 2-3 record and 5.46 ERA.</p> <p>[gameodds]3/237345/?r3=43/dec&amp;r-1=43-999997-192/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b>Prediction</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their <a target="_blank" title="MLB Picks" href="/mlb-baseball/">MLB picks</a> Tuesday, as the OVER is 6-1 in Wesbrook’s last seven starts, while the Astros have gone above the number in five of Harrell’s last seven appearances in front of the home crowd.</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p><strong>MLB Pick:</strong>  Over 9</p>
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