Marlins vs. Cardinals Thursday Prediction
After beating the Marlins in extra innings last night, the Cardinals have an opportunity to take three of four from Miami with a victory tonight at 7:15 p.m. ET from Busch Stadium. Where is the value for bettors in this series finale?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, June 20, 2019
7:15 p.m. ET, Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
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Public Betting Trends
According to our MLB Public Betting Chart page, 77% of the betting tickets are on the Cardinals to beat the Marlins on the moneyline.
Miami Marlins Fantasy Spin
Craig Mish of FNTSY Sports Radio confirms that the Marlins will promote RHP prospect Zac Gallen to start Thursday against the Cardinals. Gallen will be making his major league debut against the team that traded him away for Marcell Ozuna in the 2017-2018 offseason. The 23-year-old right-hander has been absolutely dominant this year at the Triple-A level, posting a 1.77 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, and 112/17 K/BB ratio across 14 starts covering 91 1/3 innings. If he wasn't already stashed, he needs to be scooped up off the waiver wire in all mixed and NL-only fantasy leagues.
St. Louis Cardinals Fantasy Spin
Paul Goldschmidt hit a walkoff homer in the 11th to give the Cardinals a 2-1 win over the Marlins on Wednesday. Goldschmidt didn't start tonight. Instead, he hit his first homer off the bench since Aug. 11, 2011, when he was playing in his ninth big-league game. It wasn't a pinch-hit homer, though, as it came in his second at-bat after entering the game. The homer was his 14th of the season, and it gave him just his 30th RBI in 311 plate appearances.
MLB Betting Trends
The Marlins are 18-47 in their last 65 road games.
The Cardinals are 6-2 in their last eight home games.
Even though Gallon will be making his major league debut tonight, I’m not afraid to back the youngster and grab the Marlins as a large moneyline dog. The Cardinals continue to underachieve offensively and have a knack of being shut down by pitchers they haven’t seen before (see Jordan Yamamoto, who shut down St. Louis’ offense in back-to-back starts the past two weeks). The Cardinals are also 2-5 in Adam Wainwright’s last seven starts and have lost 10 of their last 12 games after allowing two runs or less in their previous contest.
Thursday MLB Prediction: Miami Marlins +169