Philadelphia vs St Louis MLB Betting Analysis

Philadelphia vs St Louis MLB Betting Analysis

Written by on April 29, 2015

There is no team that can be great forever, especially in this era of ballooning salaries and star players jumping ship at the first sign of a better offer. It’s not unusual to see teams spend a small fortune in search of a World Series, only to blow the team up a few years later with finances spinning out of control. Two teams headed in opposite MLB betting directions right now are the St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies, and they are in the midst of a 4-game stand that ends on Thursday afternoon in St. Louis.

Philadelphia Phillies vs St Louis Cardinals MLB Betting Analysis

Time: Thursday, 1:45 p.m. ET Venue: Busch Stadium, St. Louis National TV: MLB Network Opening line: Cardinals -155, Phillies +145 (7.5 runs) The Philadelphia Phillies (8-13) had their time in the sun a few years back, reaching back to back World Series in 2008 and 2009. They won one and lost one, and then slowly started to dismantle the team that had brought so much success to the city. Heading into this season, it was widely accepted that they would not be competitive. Pitcher Cole Hamels is really the last big name on the club, and he has already expressed a strong desire to be traded. Not the sort of start that you would want heading into a new season. Things have pretty much gone as expected, as the Phillies are already 7 games out of first and struggling badly on the road at just 2-7 on the season. The Phils will send young David Buchanan (0-4, 7.52 ERA) to the mound on Thursday, and will be hoping that his numbers will continue to improve, as they have with each consecutive start to far this season. The St. Louis Cardinals (13-6) sent their offseason looking for a few extra pieces that would help take them over the top this year, and so far it looks as though things are going as planned. Those plans took a major hit when it was revealed that pitching ace Adam Wainwright will miss the remainder of the season with a torn Achilles heel. Replacing Wainwright will not be an easy task, and it will be interesting to see how this team responds to such a hefty body blow. The man who will replace Wainwright, at least in the short term, is Tim Cooney. The lefty will get his first start on Thursday, and will have some very big cleats to fill when he takes to the mound.

Key Online Betting Trends

St. Louis is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games St. Louis is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis’s last 7 games at home St. Louis is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Philadelphia The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis’s last 7 games when playing at home against Philadelphia Philadelphia is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games Philadelphia is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games on the road Philadelphia is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against St. Louis The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia’s last 7 games when playing on the road against St. Louis

Consider This Before Placing Your Bets

It looks as though pitching is going to be the key in this one, as both guys on the mound are not high on experience. Buchanan looked pretty sharp in his last outing versus the Braves, but it’s impossible to say what Cooney might do in his first start. The Cards have the bats to offer the young man some run support, so I’m taking St. Louis in this one. Sources BostonHerald.com (https://www.bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox_mlb/clubhouse_insider/2015/04/analysis_why_red_sox_arent_ready_to_trade_for_cole) LAtimes.com (http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-adam-wainwright-designated-hitter-20150429-story.html)