St. Louis Cardinals vs. Houston Astros
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Astros meet for game one of a quick two game series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Cardinals are -200 favorites over the Astros while the over/under run total is set at 7.5.
The St. Louis Cardinals got a two game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies as the Cards rebounded from getting swept in Cincinnati over the weekend. The Cardinals are a game and a half behind the Reds in the National League Central, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and 12-9 at home this season. As a team St. Louis is hitting a baseball best .284 led by matt Holliday at .360, Lance Berkman at .352, Yadier Molina at .310, Colby Rasmus at .305, Ryan Theriot at .299 and Albert Pujols at .269. The Cardinals pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.68 with the starters at 3.72 and the bullpen at 3.61. For game against the Astros St. Louis starts Kyle Lohse who hasn’t won in his last three starts. For the season Lohse has allowed 42 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 33 in 58.1 innings of work.
The Houston Astros are struggling badly and need to start finding some answers. The Astros are in last place in the NL Central, 10 games back in the standings while they are 2-8 in their last 10 games and have lost their last three in a row. As a team Houston is hitting .259 with Brett Wallace leading the team at .321, Hunter Pence at .287, and Angel Sanchez hitting .268. As a team the Astros pitching staff has a combined ERA of 4.87 with the starters at 4.73 and the bullpen at 5.18. For game one at Busch Stadium Houston starts Bud Norris who has given up a combined seven runs in his last two starts. For the season Norris has allowed 45 hits and 19 earned runs while striking out 60 in 50 innings of work.
St. Louis is 5-1 in their last six home games, 1-4 in their last five against the NL Central, and 1-4 in Lohse’s last five home starts against a team with a losing record. Houston is 5-11 in their last 16 game one of a series, 1-4 in their last five against the NL Central, and 8-2 in Norris’ last 10 starts with four days rest.
While St. Louis deserves to be the favorite, these are way too juicy of odds on Norris to pass up in this spot. I’ll take the Astros plus 170.
Houston Astros +170 St. Louis Cardinals