St. Louis Cardinals vs Philadelphia Phillies 6-18-2018

St. Louis Cardinals vs Philadelphia Phillies 6-18-2018

St. Louis Cardinals (36-31) vs Philadelphia Phillies (35-32)

Date : 06/18/2018
Time : 7:05 pm EST
Location : Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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St. Louis Cardinals vs Philadelphia Phillies

Game 1 of a 3-game set between the visiting St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies will take place at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Monday night at 7:05 pm EST.  The Cardinals currently occupy the 3rd place within the NL Central division while the Phillies are in 3rd place within the NL East division.  This will be the 2nd matchup of the year amongst these two teams as they both split a 4-game set earlier in the season on 5-20-2018.

St. Louis Cardinals's Latest Performance :

The Cardinals have lost 4 of their last 5 games where the O/U was 1-4.  Recently, the Cards would get back into the win column with a 7-6 win versus the Reds on the road on 6-8-2018 while also winning game 2 of a 3-game road set by a 6-4 score on their way to winning the series on 6-10-2018, despite losing the finale by a score of 6-3.  The Cards would go on to drop their following 3-game home set versus the Padres on 6-13-2018 while getting blasted by the Cubs in game 1 of a 3-game set on 6-16-2018 by a 13-5 score.

For the season, the Cardinals are averaging 4.32 runs per game (16th) with a team batting average of .242 (19th), 77 homers (13th), along with 25 stolen bases (24th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.61 (8th) with 528 strikeouts (21st) and 28 quality starts on the year (14th).

Tommy Pham (.271 BA on 210 AB), Jose Martinez (.320 BA on 222 AB), Paul DeJong (.260 BA on 150 AB), and Yadier Molina (.265 BA on 132 AB) have been the most consistent batters at the plate for St. Louis this season.  Marcell Ozuna (.278 BA on 230 AB) has also been solid at the plate for the Cardinals this year.

Miles Mikolas (7-1) has pitched 79.1 innings and allowing 23 runs on 67 hits, 6 homers, 9 walks, and 58 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.27.  Michael Wacha (8-1) has 76.2 IP, 24 R, 55 H, 5 HR, 30 BB, and 67 SO along with an ERA of 2.47.


Philadelphia Phillies's Latest Performance :

The Phillies enter this matchup winners of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 4-1.  Recently, they would lose a 3-game road set to the Chicago Cubs on 6-7-2018 while also dropping their following series against the Brewers in a 3-game home set on 6-10-2018.  The Phills would get back on tracking by winning a 3-game home series versus the reeling Colorado Rockies on 6-14-2018.  They would, nonetheless, go on to lose game 1 of a 3-game weekend set versus the Brewers by losing 12-3.

For the season, the Phillies are averaging 4.19 runs per game (20th) with a team batting average of .233 (26th), 60 homers (23rd), along with 24 stolen bases on the year (22nd).  Their pitching staff possesses an ERA of 3.47 (5th) with 512 strikeouts (13th), along with 29 quality starts (5th).

Odubel Herrera (.305 BA on 210 AB), Rhys Hoskins (.233 BA on 176 AB), and Cesar Hernandez (.264 BA on 216 AB) have been the stalwarts for this Phillies offensive attack.  Maikel Franco (.253 BA on 182 Ab) and Scott Kingery (.216 BA on 176 AB) are also critical to the Philadelphia offense.

Aaron Nola (7-2) has pitched 78.1 innings this year while allowing 19 runs on 55 hits, 4 homers, 18 walks, and 74 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.18 while Nick Pivetta (4-4) has pitched 62 innings while allowing 24 runs on 54 hits, 5 homers, 17 walks, and 70 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.48 for the season.

How St. Louis Cardinals & Philadelphia Phillies Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Cardinals are 28-39 ATS while the O/U is 25-37-5.  On the other hand, the Phillies are 32-35 ATS while the O/U is 31-32-4.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

Nick Pavetta (4-6) will report back to the mound seeking to halt a streak of losses that have not only plagued him recently, but, has certainly put his team in numerous bad positions.  In his last outing, he pitched 5 innings while allowing 6 runs on 8 hits in a 7-2 home loss to the Rockies on 6-13-2018.  Pavetta has been credited with 14 earned runs in his last 4 starts while the under was the result in 4 of his last 6 starts.  Jedd Gyorko (.800 BA on 5 AB), Marcell Ozuna (.200 BA on 10 AB), Tommy Pham and Kolten Wong (1-2 each) have had the most success against Pavetta in the past.  Matt Carpenter (0-6), Dexter Fowler (0-4), Greg Garcia (0-2), and Yadier Molina (0-3) have not had any success figuring out Pavetta in their careers.

Totals Selection: Under

My reason for the prediction :

I see the under as being the play in this contest in that Pavetta, though has had his troubles recently, has stayed close to the under recently along with the fact that the lineup opposing him has only averaged 3.6 runs in their last 5 games.  Pavetta has also had decent success against this Cardinals lineup as well.  Phillies have won 3 of their last 4 and desperately need to get things back on track, however, they will have to silence the bats even more for St. Louis.  With Pavetta coming to the mound, this can certainly be done.  It would be fair to mention that the Cardinals pitching staff has surrendered an average of 4 runs per game in their last 5 while the Phillies offense has put up an average of 4.6 runs per game during this time.

Betting trends for St. Louis Cardinals:

  • Betting Trends for St. Louis Cardinals

    • The Cardinals are 8-11 in last 19 road games
    • The Cardinals are 13-12 in last 25 games
    • The Under is 9-6-1 in Cardinals last 16 road games

Betting trends for Philadelphia Phillies:

  • Betting Trends for Philadelphia Phillies

    • The Phillies are 11-7 in last 18 home games
    • The Over is 6-1 in Phillies last 7 home games
    • The Phillies are 0-4 in last 4 games with Pavetta as starter


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