The St. Louis Cardinals are hosting the Miami Marlins in MLB Thursday action. The game is scheduled for a 1:45 p.m. start time and the Cardinals are favored to pick up the victory in this one.
St. Louis -165
Total: 9.5 runs
The Cardinals will be looking to rebound from a loss last night to Miami here. They're giving the baseball to Michael Wacha, he's 5-3 with a 4.16 ERA covering 15 starts. Wacha's splits have been very strong this season, especially at home where he's posted a 5-1 record and a 2.91 ERA over 10 starts.
Opponents have hit .243 against Wacha inside Busch Stadium compared to .346 on the road. Current Marlins are hitting just .225 against him in 40 plate appearances.
Miami will send Tom Koehler to the hill. He has not been good this season, going 1-3 with an 8.33 ERA over nine starts. In five of those starts Koehler has been on the road, tossing 21 2/3 innings while allowing 19 earned runs (7.89 ERA). Opponents are hitting better than .300 against him in both home and road starts and he hasn't been a big strikeout guy.
Current Cardinals are hitting .230 against him, however, covering only 74 plate appearances. Miami got a nice win last night in St. Louis, but on getaway day it'll be tough for them to pick up a victory with Koehler's struggles.
Free Pick: Cardinals
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