Philadelphia Phillies (44-39) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (45-40)
July 9, 2022 2:15 pm EDT
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -118 / Philadelphia Phillies +100; Over/Under: 8.5
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The Philadelphia Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals meet Saturday in MLB action from Busch Stadium. This will be the second installment in a four-game series over the weekend. In the Friday opener, the Phillies posted a shutout victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Philadelphia played the Nationals this week and won two of three games (losing Wednesday 3-2). On Friday versus the Cardinals, the Phillies were out-hit 6-5 but still pulled off the 2-0 win. Starting pitcher Zach Wheeler managed 7.0 clean frames with five hits and a walk.
For the starter job in the Saturday game, the Phillies are sending out Kyle Gibson. This year over 16 starts Gibson is 4-3 with a 4.91 ERA. In 84.1 innings he has 46 earned on 85 hits and 25 walks with 70 Ks.
Over on the Cardinals’ side, they lost three straight versus the Braves this week but finally got a 3-2 win Thursday. During the Friday matchup, St. Louis got a complete game from Adam Wainwright in the tough loss. Wainwright posted two earned on five hits, zero walks and three strikeouts.
Dakota Hudson will take the mound for the Cardinals on Saturday. Over his 16 starts this year Hudson is 6-5 with a 4.29 ERA. In 84.0 innings he has 40 earned on 81 hits and 39 walks with 46 Ks.
The Phillies are 4-1 in their last five Saturday games and 17-5 in their last 22 versus a right-handed starter. Philly is 0-5 in their last five in game two of a series.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 35-17 in their last 52 in game two of a series and 39-19 in their last 58 Saturday games. The over is 4-1 in St. Louis’ last five Saturday games.
PICK: I’m going to try the Cardinals but probably staying away from this one. Neither starting pitcher has been very reliable lately. Hudson has 14 earned runs over his last three starts in a span of 13.1 innings. As for Gibson, he’s given up 14 earned over 13.0 innings in his last trio. I’m giving a slight home-field advantage to the Cardinals but this one could go either way in my estimation.
Andrew’s Free Pick:
St. Louis Cardinals -118