Philadelphia Phillies (25-16) vs St. Louis Cardinals (23-18)Date : 05/20/2018
Time : 2:15 pm EST
Location : Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
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Philadelphia Phillies vs St. Louis Cardinals
The finale of a 4-game set against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals will resume at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, on Sunday, 5-20-2018, beginning at 8:15 pm EST. The Phillies occupy the 2nd place slot in the NL East while the Cardinals are in 2nd place in the NL Central division. This will be the 1st meeting of the year amongst these two squads, however, the Cardinals have won 5 of the last 6 meetings while taking 3-straight at Busch Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies's Latest Performance :
The Phillies enter this matchup winners of 6 of their last 7 games to where the O/U was 2-5. Recently, the Phillies lost a 3-game road set to NL East opponent Washington Nationals before storming back in sweeping a 4-game home set versus the San Francisco Giants. They preceded to tie the next series with division foe NY Mets on 5-13-2018, with game 2 being postponed due to weather conditions. Also, with weather conditions preventing game 1 from being played, the Phillies went on to defeat the Orioles once again 4-1 in game 2 of a 2-game road set on 5-16-2018.
For the season, the Phillies are averaging 4.70 runs per game (9th) with a team batting average of .242 (17th), 44 homers (21st), along with 21 stolen bases on the year (13th). Their pitching staff possesses an ERA of 3.40 (4th) with 358 strikeouts (18th), along with 22 quality starts (4th).
Odubel Herrera (.357 BA on 143 AB), Rhys Hoskins (.265 BA on 132 AB), and Cesar Hernandez (.267 BA on 150 AB) have been the stalwarts for this Phillies offensive attack. Maikel Franco (.273 BA on 128 Ab) and Scott Kingery (.218 BA on 119 AB) are also critical to the Philadelphia offense.
Aaron Nola (6-1) has pitched 58.2 innings this year while allowing 13 runs on 45 hits, 3 homers, 13 walks, and 51 strikeouts with an ERA of 1.99 while Nick Pivetta (3-2) has pitched 46 innings while allowing 19 runs on 41 hits, 5 homers, 11 walks, and 53 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.72 for the season. Jake Arrieta (3-1) has pitched 41.2 innings while allowing 16 runs on 30 hits, 2 homers, 14 walks, and 27 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.59.
St. Louis Cardinals's Latest Performance :
Recently, the Cards swept a 2-game set at home against the White Sox along with picking up an impressive 3-game home sweep against the Chicago Cubs on 5-6-2018. They would follow this series by getting swept by the hot Minnesota Twins on 5-8-2018 while tying a 4-game set versus the San Diego Padres on 5-13-2018. The Cardinals recently tied their current 2-game road set against the Twins on 5-16-2018 by winning game 2 by a 7-5 score.
For the season, the Cardinals are averaging 4.28 runs per game (16th) with a team batting average of .230 (27th), 50 homers (14th), along with 19 stolen bases (18th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.42 (5th) with 327 strikeouts (26th) and 17 quality starts on the year (18th).
Tommy Pham (.312 BA on 125 AB), Jose Martinez (.292 BA on 144 AB), Paul DeJong (.260 BA on 146 AB), and Yadier Molina (.272 BA on 114 AB) have been the most consistent batters at the plate for St. Louis this season. Marcell Ozuna (.250 BA on 160 AB) has also been solid at the plate for the Cardinals this year.
Carlos Martinez (3-2) has pitched 50 innings this year while allowing 12 runs on 32 hits, 1 homer, 22 walks, and 47 strikeouts with an ERA of 1.62 while Miles Mikolas (5-0) has pitched 51.1 innings and allowing 16 runs on 49 hits, 6 homers, 5 walks, and 37 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.63. Michael Wacha (4-1) has 43.2 IP, 17 R, 39 H, 3 HR, 19 BB, and 36 SO along with an ERA of 3.09.
How Philadelphia Phillies & St. Louis Cardinals Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Phillies are 21-19 ATS while the O/U is 18-19-3. On the other hand, the Cardinals are 17-23 ATS while the O/U is 15-21-4.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The Cardinals, despite winning their last contest, continue to reel at his point in the season losing 5 of their last 8 games. On the other hand, after a rough stretch, everything seems to be getting sunnier in Philly these days as the road team has won 6 of 7 contests. It would be important to mention that in their last 6 wins, the Phillies outscored their opponents by a combined 39 runs to 11. On the other hand, in the last 5 losses for the Cardinals, they were outscored 24 to 8. In all, this matchup will be against 2 teams trending in different directions, yet, it will be interesting to see how both teams approach the finale on Sunday.
Against The Spread Selection: Philadelphia Phillies
My reason for the pick :
I will have to pick the Phillies to win the finale. On one hand, they have certainly been the most consistent team recently while the Phillies have also been on fire at the plate. Also, with their pitching staff gaining some momentum and consistency, I would say that the planets are aligned for the Phillies to get the all-important game 4 victory. The Cardinals are always tough at home; However, Philadelphia will be the dominate team on Sunday.
Betting trends for Philadelphia Phillies:
- Betting Trends for Philadelphia Phillies
- The Phillies are 6-1 in last 7 games
- The Under is 5-1 in Phillies last 6 games
Betting trends for St. Louis Cardinals:
- Betting Trends for the St. Louis Cardinals
- The Cardinals are 3-5 in last 8 games
- The Under is 10-3-1 in Cardinals last 14 games
- The Under is 5-1-1 in Cardinals last 7 home games