Oakland A’s vs. St. Louis Cardinals
The Oakland A’s and the St. Louis Cardinals face off on Friday in game one of their interleague series in Oakland. The A’s are -112 favorites over the Cardinals with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Oakland A’s have been streaky this season and they are right in the thick of the American League West race. The A’s are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 24-12 at home this season, and they are a half a game behind the Rangers in the AL West standings. As a team, the A’s are hitting .249 and Josh Donaldson is hitting .308, Jed Lowrie is hitting .306, and Seth Smith is hitting .280. The A’s opponents are hitting .244 and the Oakland pitching staff has an ERA of 3.75 with the starters at 4.05 and the bullpen at 3.13. For game one against the Cardinals, the A’s start Bartolo Colon who has won his last seven starts. For the season, Colon has allowed 96 hits and 32 earned runs, while striking out 56 over 98.1 innings for a 10-2 record and a 2.93 ERA.
The St. Louis Cardinals have been fading of late, as they have fallen into a tie for first place in the NL Central. The Cardinals are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 26-14 on the road this season, and they are tied with the Pirates atop the National League Central. As a team, the Cardinals are hitting .275 with Yadier Molina hitting .357, Allen Craig hitting .320, Matt Carpenter hitting .316, and Carlos Beltran hitting .308. The Cardinals opponents are hitting .243 and the St. Louis pitching staff has an ERA of 3.26 with the starters at 3.06 and the bullpen at 3.73. For game one in the Bay Area the Cardinals start Shelby Miller who has lost two of his last three starts. For the season Miller has allowed 72 hits and 24 earned runs while striking out 101 over 92 innings for an 8-5 record and a 2.35 ERA.
Oakland is 44-18 in their last 62 home games, 6-1 in their last seven interleague games against a team with a winning record, and 13-3 in Colon’s last 16 home starts. St. Louis is 6-1 in their last seven games as an underdog, 20-8 in their last 28 road games, and 7-3 in Miller’s last 10 starts. St. Louis has won four of the last five meetings of these two.
Runs should come at premium in this one. Take the under.