The St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Astros meet this afternoon From St. Louis. All odds and trends for this game can be found at Oddsmaker sportsbook.
The St. Louis Cardinals solidified their spot in the NL Wildcard as they didn’t allow the chasers to gain any ground as they got the win on Wednesday. David Freese and Yadier Molina each had home runs and Matt Holliday had two hits as the Cardinals scored five runs on eight hits. Lance Lynn allowed three hits and struck out five to run his record to 16-7 on the year and Jason Motte earned his 37th save. For Thursday’s game St. Louis starts Jaime Garcia who has lost five of his last six decisions. For the season Garcia has allowed 118 hits and 48 earned runs while striking out 82 over 102 innings for a 4.24 ERA.
The Houston Astros went into Wednesday’s game as losers of 100 games and left as losers of 101. Brandon Laird had two hits and Jose Altuve and Brett Wallace each had hits as the Astros were shut out on five hits. Starter Lucas Harrell allowed five hits and three runs while striking out seven to fall to 10-10 on the year. For Thursday’s game Houston starts Bud Norris who makes his return after missing his last start with a hurt finger. For the season Norris has allowed 153 hits and 82 earned runs while striking out 147 over 149.2 innings of work for a 4.93 ERA.
St. Louis is 23-9 in their last 32 games as a home favorite, 24-9 in their last 33 home games, and 1-7 in Garcia’s last eight starts. Houston is 7-19 in their last 26 games against a left handed starter, 16-58 in their last 74 games overall, and 5-16 in Norris’ last 21 starts. Houston has won the last four meetings when Norris has started against Garcia.
Although Garcia does not excite us particularly we will lean towards the Cards just because the Astros are awful right now. Give us St. Louis as a big moneyline favorite so claim sportsbook promotion codes.