Oakland Athletics vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Preview

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The Oakland Athletics will head east to take on the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The opening pitch is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET and NBC Sports – California will broadcast this interleague showdown.

Oakland Athletics vs. St. Louis Cardinals Odds

St. Louis (-150) is hosting this one as the favorite over Oakland (+140) and Vegas has set the Over/Under for this night game at 9 runs. The odds for wagering on the game’s total now sit at -110 for both the over and the under. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the current runline odds standing at Athletics +1.5 runs (-155) and Cardinals -1.5 runs (+135).

The Athletics are 41-38 SU and are 37-42 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 1.8 units for moneyline gamblers and 6.8 units ATS. Oakland is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. The Cardinals, on the other hand, are 40-37 SU and 40-37 ATS. The team’s lost 6.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline while earning 2.6 units ATS. St. Louis has a 3-4 ATS record over its last seven outings and the total has gone under in five of those seven.

Cardinals games have a 34-38-5 over/under record so far in 2019. Oakland has an over/under record of 39-37-3.

Chris Bassitt is getting the nod for the visiting Athletics. The right-handed Bassitt is 4-3 with a 3.64 ERA and 63 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Cardinals this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.

The Cardinals will turn to righty Jack Flaherty (4-4, 4.24 ERA), who has 89 strikeouts and 26 walks, along with a 1.18 WHIP. Flaherty did not re a start against the Athletics in 2018.

As a unit, St. Louis’ pitchers have given up 4.4 runs per game overall in 2019. The team’s starters have an ERA of 4.19, a WHIP of 1.36 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.7. The bullpen has a 4.08 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 10.1 K/9.

The St. Louis offense is putting up 4.6 runs per outing, including 4.6 per game over its last 10 games and 4.2 per game over its last five. The team has hit .246/.313/.366 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

Shortstop Paul DeJong and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt have led the Cardinals’ offense this year. DeJong is hitting .264/.353/.472 with 13 home runs, 35 RBIs and 52 runs scored, while Goldschmidt’s line is .256/.345/.426 with 14 homers, 31 RBIs and 45 runs.

In the visiting dugout, Oakland’s pitching staff allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starters own a 4.14 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 7.07 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.32, along with a K/9 of 8.94.

The Athletics offense has slashed .247/.322/.438 on its way to 5.0 runs scored per game in 2019, including 5.7 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Shortstop Marcus Semien and third baseman Matt Chapman continue to lead Oakland’s offense. Semien is slashing .276/.359/.438 with 10 home runs, 39 RBIs and 52 runs scored. Chapman is slashing .266/.353/.529 with 18 homers, 43 RBIs and 51 runs scored.

The Athletics have lost 8.0 units and are 26-32 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 27 of those games, as opposed to 29 that’ve gone under against righty starters. On the other hand, the Cardinals have lost 2.8 units and are 34-28 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s hit in 26 of those games, compared to 32 that went under the total.

Athletics vs. Cardinals Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Cardinals, ATS Winner – Athletics, O/U – UNDER

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in only two of St. Louis’ last seven games.
  • The Athletics have a total OPS of .759 this season and an OPS of .735 against right-handed pitchers. The Cardinals’ OPS sits at .725 overall and .735 against righties.
  • Oakland has posted 23.9 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 21.2 over its last five.
  • The Athletics have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games. The Cardinals have hit 14 over their last 10.