Cardinals vs. Marlins Prediction
The St. Louis Cardinals have won their last three series as they get set to open a four-game set today at the Miami Marlins. Is St. Louis a good bet to get another series started on the right foot?
Monday, August 6, 2018
Marlins Park at 7:10PM ET
TV: FS-F (MIA)
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Cardinals are a -152 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Marlins are a +142 underdog, while the total sits at 8.5 runs. As of Monday morning, 72 percent of public bets have come in on visiting St. Louis. Check out ourMLB Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.
Flaherty throws six shutout innings
St. Louis starting pitcher Jack Flaherty threw six shutout innings Sunday afternoon in a 2-1 win at the Pirates. He surrendered only three hits while striking out seven and walking one. Matt Carpenter helped pace the Cards offense by going 1-for-5 with a solo home run, his 29th of the season. Yadier Molina finished 2-for-5 with a run. Jose Martinez ended the night 2-for-4. Jedd Gyorko went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Bud Norris threw a spotless ninth inning with two strikeouts for his 21st save.
Marlins lose sixth straight
Miami dropped a 5-3 contest yesterday afternoon at the Phillies, their sixth straight defeat. Derek Dietrich went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs to lead the Marlins offense. Brian Anderson ended the contest 3-for-5. Justin Bour went 1-for-4 with a solo home run. Drew Steckenrider took the loss as he surrendered two earned runs on three hits with two strikeouts in an inninf of relief.
MLB Betting Trends
The Cardinals are 9-2 in their last 11 meetings in Miami. The over is 8-3 in the last 11 St. Louis road games.
The Marlins are 6-2 in their last eight Monday games. The under is 5-2-1 in the last eight Miami games overall.
Neither of these starting pitchers is trustworthy, although Chen is an extreme flyball pitcher who does his best work at home in a park tailored for flyouts. Even so, I like him to regress at home as some of those flyouts are bound to make it over the fence sooner or later. As for Weaver, he showed a lot of promise last season but this year he's been a disaster and is lucky to still have a rotation spot. With both pitchers underwhelming, I'm leaning heavily toward the over here.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: CARDINALS/MARLINS OVER 8.5