Sunday major league baseball and I will have a free pick in the game between the New York Mets and the St Louis Cardinals, which will be played at Busch Stadium in St Louis. First pitch is scheduled for a 2:15 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised locally.
New York +126
St Louis -136
Over/ Under: 8 U -120
The Cards are very tough to beat at home as the Mets have found out by losing the first 2 games in this series. Last night the Cards really got their offense going in the 12-2 win and they are now 33-11 at home for the season. New York is now 15-30 on the road after last night's loss. The Mets rank 28th in scoring (3.48 rpg), while on the mound they are 3rd in ERA (3.23). St Louis ranks 19th in scoring (3.99 rpg), while on the mound they are 1st in ERA (2.71).
Trends for this game include: The Mets are 5-21 in their last 26 games as a road underdog and 2-12 in Niese's last 14 road starts vs. a team with a winning record, while the Cards are 43-10 in their last 53 home games with the total set at 7.0-8.5 and 38-13 in their last 51 home games vs. a team with a winning record.
Getting the ball for the Mets today will be Jon Niese, who is 5-8 with a 3.61 ERA on the year overall, while on the road he has gone 2-5 with a 3.44 ERA in 9 starts. Jon is 4-3 with a 3.63 ERA in 8 career starts vs the Cardinals, while at Busch Stadium he is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 2 starts.
Taking the hill for the Cardinals today will be Tim Cooney who has gone 0-0 with a 4.34 ERA in 4 starts this year, while he is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 2 home starts. He has yet to face the Mets.
Pick: I will go with the Cards in this one. It's just hard to go against a team that has been so dominant at home this year, while taking on a team that has struggled mightily on the road. Jon Niese has pitched well of late, but the St Louis offense is coming around, while the Mets offense is still stuck in the mud. Very hard to see St Louis losing this one.
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NCAA Football Betting Pick: Utah vs. Arizona State
The Arizona State Sun Devils are coming to Utah for a Pac-12 college football match up in October and pro bettors Teddy Covers and Steve Fezzik think the timing, the altitude, and the competition will be just too much for ASU. The Utes' stadium is a high-altitude venue, and the Sun Devils are going to be in the stretch of a rough run of games including match ups with conference heavyweights USC and Oregon. With this away game sandwiched between these tough games and no bye week to help them rest and recover, the thought is Utah will be the team to bet.