Quite a Pitching Staff
St. Louis is five games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central standings, but its pitching staff leads the league in registering 12 shutout victories this season.
The Cardinals’ starting rotation has compiled a 3.18 ERA on the year, while its bullpen enters this series with a 3.67 mark.
MLB handicappers will find that the club is 6-2 as road favorites of -125 to -150, with the UNDER going 4-3-1 in that situation.
Tampa Bay has gone 10 for their last 95 with runners in scoring position, which has played a big part in the team dropping 13 of its last 14 contests.
Rays manager Joe Maddon is shaking things up in the clubhouse, with one of the major changes being a closer-by-committee system with Grant Balfour struggling to finish things out in the ninth inning.
Over the last two-plus season, the franchise is 10-9 as home underdogs of +100 to +150, with the UNDER going 13-6 in those 19 opportunities.
Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (8-3, 2.31 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 5-2 road victory over the Kansas City Royals last time out, as he surrendered two runs and four hits over eight innings of work.
The right-hander is 5-2 with a 1.68 ERA in eight road appearances, with opposing hitters batting just .188 against him.
Wainwright has put together a 9-5 record and 2.79 ERA in 19 career interleague starts.
Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi (2-6, 5.31 ERA) has dropped three consecutive decisions, including a 11-6 setback on the road to the Miami Marlins last Thursday, as he allowed four runs and seven hits over five frames.
The right-hander is 1-2 with a 3.60 ERA in six home outings—serving up just a single home run in 30 combined innings.
Odorizzi has compiled a 0-1 record and 10.00 ERA in three lifetime starts versus NL opponents.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Cardinals as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 20-7 in Wainwright’s last 27 trips to the mound as a road favorite.
MLB Pick: St. Louis Cardinals