A single devastating injury can have a negative impact on a team, so just imagine how bad it can be when numerous big name players all hit the DL at the same time. The St. Louis Cardinals are proving that a deep squad is everything, as they continue to rack up MLB betting odds despite having one of the busiest treatment rooms in baseball. They will complete a 3-game series in Miami against the Marlins on Thursday night.
St Louis Cardinals vs Miami Marlins MLB Betting Odds
Date/Time: Thursday, June 25th, 6:10 PM
Location: Marlins Park, Miami, FL
Radio: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710
Opening Line: St. Louis -121
The 46-24 record held by the Cardinals is impressive, but it’s even more so when you consider the injuries that they have had to face. Matt Holliday is the latest of the big name guys to go down, yet St. Louis seems able to pluck guys out of nowhere and slot them into the vacant spot without suffering any sort of decline. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games, which is pretty consistent with the pace that they have set all season. Their 6-game lead in the NL Central is the largest of any lead across all divisions, and is all the more impressive when you consider that the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs are both having pretty solid seasons so far. If this team ever finds a way to get fully healthy, look out. Lance Lynn (4-4, 3.07 ERA) will start for the Cards on Thursday. Lynn has pitched well of late, and the Cardinals have won each of his last 3 starts.
When you dig a little deeper into the stats of the Miami Marlins (30-42) you begin to wonder why they are having such a poor year. As a team, they are among the lowest in errors committed in the MLB, while the individual performances of Dee Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton have been very good indeed. At the end of the day, though, it is their inability to consistently score runs that has hurt them. They have scored only 274 runs this season, and have been particularly poor on the road, where they have complied a 13-24 record. The Marlins are just 4-6 in their last 10 games, and are on a stretch where they have lost 5 of 6. Having to face the Cardinals for a 3-game series is not likely to help their current status. Dan Haren (6-4, 3.19 ERA) has been one of their better starters this season, and it is he who will get the ball on Thursday.
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
- Matt Adams 1B 60-Day DL
- Matt Holliday OF 15-Day DL
- Lance Lynn P 15-Day DL
- Adam Wainwright P 60-Day DL
- Jordan Walden P 15-Day DL
- Henderson Alvarez P 15-Day DL
- Jarred Cosart P 15-Day DL
- Aaron Crow P 60-Day DL
- Jose Fernandez P 60-Day DL
- Don Kelly 1B 15-Day DL
- Bryan Morris P 15-Day DL
- Michael Morse 1B 15-Day DL
- Martin Prado 3B 15-Day DL
While Haren has pitched well, the Miami Marlins have given him nothing in the way of run support, which explains why they have lost each of the last 3 games he has started. Unfortunately for Haren, I think that streak will be extended to 4.