Thursday June 23 MLB Pick: Phillies vs. Cardinals

Piladelphia Phillies (2.03) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (1.88); Total 7 runs (1.80-over)

Television: 8:00 PM ET on Sportsnet West

Starting Pitchers:

Phillies: Oswalt (4-5, 3.38 ERA); Last 3 Starts: (1-2,5.12 ERA)

Cardinals: Carpenter (1-7, 4.47 ERA); Last 3 Starts: (0-2, 4.30 ERA)


Final game of a three game series goes tonight in St. Louis. The Phillies took the forst two games of the series (10-2 & 4-0) on strong pitching efforts from Halladay and Lee. Tonight they will send Oswalt to the mound looking for the sweep. However, Oswalt has not been himself since returning from an injury. Oswalt is just 1-4 in his last 7 starts dating back to May 17. One problem for Oswalt has been the velocity on his fastball. His fastball has not had the usual pop it has had in the past. As for the Cardinals they continue life without Albert Pujols (out for several weeks). And what is wrong with Chris Carpenter this season. The Cardianls ace is off to a terrible start this season posting a 1-7 record with a 4.47 ERA. With no Pujols in the lineup Carpenter needs to find his form quickly for the Cardinals to staty in the chase.

Odds for tonight’s game (from Bodog):

Phillies to win are paying 2.03 at Bodog (compared to 1.60 on Proline)

Cardinals are paying 1.88 at Bodog (compared to 1.85 on Proline)

The toal for this game is 7 runsĀ  favored towards the OVER at Bodog.

The total for this game on Proline is 8.5 runs (1.55 to the under). Who makes these odds?


Looking at this game from a pitching standpoint we see two top pitchers in Oswalt and Carpenter. However, neither of them are having a very good season and neither of them are in good current form. Oswalt has a 5.12 ERA in his last three starts while Carpenter is 0-2 with a 4.30 ERA in his last three starts. Yet we still see a low total of just 7 runs at Bodog. Therefore we’ll make a play on the OVER 7 runs for 1.80 at Bodog. Also, if you are looking for a better price 5 Dimes has the total set at 7.5 runs paying 2.05 for the OVER.

Taking the Phillies / Cardinals OVER 7 Runs @ 1.80

(Offered by Bodog)

Risking 125.00 To Win 100.00

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