MLB: Detroit Tigers vs St Louis Cardinals
Team Matchup: Detroit Tigers is one of the biggest disappointments this season. With the lineup they have and all the pitching stuff, they should have at least winning record. They are 33-34 this season and they are on the third place in AL Central. They score 4.4 runs/game and they have negative home record. On other side St Louis Cardinals, very balanced team and after their good start they dropped little bit. They are 34-34 this season, they score 4.9 runs/game. In last games their offensive production dropped, but Holiday is back in the lineup and yesterday they showed really good offense. They scored 3 runs against Verlander and they have couple of more chances. They were playing really good.
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Pitching matchup: Detroit has one of the worst pitching stuff with defense, because they allow 4.6 runs/game. Only Minnesota and Cleveland allow more runs. Rick Porecllo will start for Detroit, he is 4-4 to the season with ERA 5.18. In last three starts his ERA is 5.05. His whip (walks and hits per ininng) in these three starts raised to 1.750. On other side we have Westbrook, who will pitch for St Louis. He is 5-6 to the season with ERA 4.27. On the road he has been little bit better, ERA 3.65.
Key trends: Cardinals are 11-5 in last 16 interleague games vs RHP. Cardinals are 5-2 in last 7 following a loss. One other interesting stat: Detroit is 1-7 in last 8 Wednesday games, on other side St Louis is 18-3 in last 21 Wednesday starts.
Reason for pick: With Westbrook we will have better pitcher on the mound (better ERA, better whip,…). We will have Cardinals offense who showed really good effort yesterday against Verlander. Today they will have easier job against struggling Porcello. Cardinals LF Matt Holiday is back and this gives us a little bit more confidence here. I think playing Cardinals for plus money here is the right thing.
Bet: St Louis Cardinals @2.12 with Pinnacle Sports