The St. Louis Cardinals are having a difficult time with the Miami Marlins. The Redbirds will attempt not to be swept by their visitors on Thursday afternoon when the two teams wrap up the series at 1:15 p.m. ET.
905 Miami Marlins at 906 St. Louis Cardinals
Thursday, 1:15 p.m. ET, June 7, 2018
TV: MIA (FSFL); STL (FSMW)
Public Betting Information & Odds
According to oddsmakers, the Cardinals are -195 money line favorites to beat the Marlins, who have odds of +183 to pull off the upset. The total, meanwhile, sits at 8.5 runs. As of this writing, 72% of betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Cardinals.
Marlins’ Hernandez allows three home runs in last outing
Elieser Hernandez was pulled after giving up five runs and three homers to the Diamondbacks on Friday. Hernandez, who never pitched higher than A-ball before being plucked from the Astros system in the Rule 5 draft, was surprisingly successful in his first three big-league starts, allowing five runs over 15 innings. One bad start doesn’t figure to cost him his rotation spot, though he still doesn’t project to have fantasy value going forward.
Cardinals Mikolas allows two runs in loss to Pirates
Miles Mikolas absorbed a tough loss to the Pirates while allowing just two runs (one earned) in six innings on Friday. He gave up a run on a sacrifice fly in the third inning, with the second run coming on a Francisco Cervelli triple in the fifth. He yielded six hits and one walk while striking out one batter in the quality start. The loss was his first of the season against six wins. He has an excellent 2.49 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 11 starts. He has an attractive matchup with the Marlins coming up next.
The Marlins are 2-8 in their last 10 games when facing a right-handed starter and are 1-7 in their last eight games in the third game of a series.
The Cardinals are 5-1 in Mikolas’ last six starts, are 4-0 in his last four outings coming off five days of rest, and are 5-0 in his last five starts versus a team with a losing record.
The Marlins are swinging some hot bats in this series and while the Cardinals have struggled offensively all season, Miami doesn’t have great pitching. In fact, these are two of the worst bullpens in all of baseball so if the two starters don’t get knocked around, the pen should allow this game to go over the total for bettors.
MLB Prediction: Marlins/Cardinals over 8.5