St. Louis Cardinals vs. Houston Astros
The Houston Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals meet for game two of their series at Minute Maid Park. The Cardinals are -165 favorites over the Astros with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Houston Astros are in last place in the National League Central but that was pretty much the expectation coming into this season and they dropped their fourth game in a row on Tuesday. Carlos Lee homered and had two hits total and Hunter Pence and Chris Johnson each had two hits as part of the 10 hit four run offensive Astros effort. Brett Myers allowed six hits and five earned runs while striking out four over six innings of work to take his fifth loss of the year. For Wednesday’s rematch Houston starts Bud Norris who was a winner in his last start. For the season Norris has allowe71 hits and 32 earned runs while striking out 79 in 73 innings of work.
The St. Louis Cardinals won for the fourth time in a row on Tuesday and with Milwaukee losing they extended their lead in the National League Central to two and a half games. Lance Berkman and Albert Pujols both homered and Skip Schumaker had two hits in a nine hit seven run offensive night for the Cardinals. In addition to having three RBI’s of his own to support his own cause, Jake Westbrook allowed eight hits and three runs while striking out three over 5.1 innings of work picking up his sixth win of the season and Fernando Salas pitched two full innings to grab his 11th save of the season. For Wednesday’s game St. Louis starts Jaime Garcia who won last time out after getting shelled in his previous start. For the season Garcia has allowed 69 hits and 26 earned runs while striking out 71 in 76.2 innings of work.
Houston is 1-5 in their last six home games, 2-8 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record, and 10-4 in Norris’ last 14 home starts. St. Louis is 6-0 in their last six against the NL Central, 7-2 in their last nine road games, and 5-1 in Garcia’s last six starts. St. Louis has wont he last five meetings of these two.
St. Louis is playing solid baseball right now and Garcia is a big part of that. I look for the Cards to roll here. Take the Cardinals minus the 165.
St. Louis Cardinals -165 Houston Astros