The St. Louis Cardinals will go for their fourth straight victory as they play host to the Colorado Rockies at Busch Stadium. Fox Sports Midwest will be televising this NL matchup and the action gets going at 1:15 p.m. ET.
Colorado Rockies at St. Louis Cardinals Odds
St. Louis (-140) is favored against Colorado (+130) and Vegas has set the Over/Under for this afternoon game at 8.5 runs (-110 for the under and -110 for the over). Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the runline odds sitting at Rockies +1.5 runs (-170) and Cardinals -1.5 runs (+150).
The Cardinals are 54-51 straight up (SU) and 53-55 against the spread (ATS). The team has lost 9.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 5.2 units (ATS). St. Louis has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven. The Rockies have gone 56-48 SU this year and are 56-51 ATS. In total, the team’s accumulated 9.1 units for moneyline bettors and 6.2 units ATS. Colorado has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the under has cashed in four of those seven.
Cardinals games have an over/under record of 51-53-4 in 2018. The Rockies have an over/under record of 49-53-5.
The right-handed Antonio Senzatela will get the start for the visiting Rockies. Senzatela (4-3, 5.01 ERA) has recorded 32 strikeouts in 41.1 innings so far. He has yet to face St. Louis this year, but he did make two starts against the team in 2017, putting together a 1-1 record with a 3.00 ERA and eight strikeouts.
The Cardinals will send righty Miles Mikolas (11-3, 2.83 ERA) to the mound. Mikolas has 91 strikeouts and 23 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.07. Mikolas did not pitch in the majors in 2017.
St. Louis’ pitching staff has allowed 4.3 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. The team’s starters have an ERA of 3.46, a WHIP of 1.24 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.0. The bullpen has a 4.58 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 8.5 K/9.
The St. Louis hitters have put up 4.5 runs per contest, including 5.3 per game over its last 10 games and 4.8 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .291/.365/.419 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that span.
The Cardinals’ batters have been led by outfielder Marcell Ozuna and third baseman Matt Carpenter. Ozuna is hitting .270/.313/.395 with 13 home runs, 59 RBIs and 43 runs scored, while Carpenter is batting .276 with 26 homers, 57 RBIs and 70 runs.
In the other dugout, Colorado’s pitching staff allowed 4.9 runs per game and its starters own a 4.33 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 8.37 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 5.23, along with a K/9 of 8.89.
Rockies hitters have slashed .256/.324/.436 on their way to 4.8 runs scored per game this year, including 4.1 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 3.0 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).
Colorado’s offense has been led by third baseman Nolan Arenado and outfielder Charlie Blackmon, who collectively have swatted 49 home runs. Arenado is hitting .308/.392/.596 with 28 home runs, 80 RBIs and 71 runs scored. Blackmon (.286/.356/.500) is up to 21 homers, 49 RBIs and 81 runs scored.
The Rockies have gained 4.9 units and are 30-34 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 34 of those games, compared to 27 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Cardinals have lost 9.2 units and are 37-40 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has cashed in 33 of those games, compared to 40 that’ve gone under.
Colorado Rockies at St. Louis Cardinals MLB Tip
Predictions: SU Winner – Cardinals, ATS Winner – Rockies, O/U – OVER