Cardinals Can Win Season Series
The St. Louis Cardinals took the wind out of the Miami Marlins’ sails on Monday night with a 9-0 romp. With one more win on Tuesday, St. Louis will have officially earned a season-series victory over Miami as it hunts for yet another postseason appearance. However, the Marlins are still one of baseball’s most intriguing underdogs.
Marlins Swimming Upstream
At 33-39, the Miami Marlins’ MLB playoff odds are near the bottom of the league. They are now 6-9 across their last 15 contests. However, Miami is a team that has enough hitting and pitching to win against any opponent — even a strong playoff contender like the St. Louis Cardinals.
Although the bats were silent on Monday, the Marlins’ hitting is around the MLB average. As it nears the halfway point, Miami ranks 14th in batting average and 15th in both runs and slugging percentage. On the pitching side, the Fish are 17th in ERA, 18th in WHIP and 13th in batting average against.
Braxton Garrett will hope to cool off the Cardinals’ bats Tuesday night. Through four starts, the lefty has a 4.08 ERA with an unsightly 1.70 WHIP as he looks to go six or more innings for the first time in 2022.
Cardinals on Heels of Brewers
The St. Louis Cardinals are 42-34. A breakthrough stretch near the end of May helped distance themselves from the rest of the National League contenders. They’re now a win and a Milwaukee Brewers loss away from reclaiming the top spot in the National League Central.
MLB picks tend to favor a high-scoring team, and that’s exactly what the Cardinals offer. St. Louis has the second-most runs in baseball along with the fifth-best batting average and a top-10 OPS.
Although the Cardinals are just 19th in WHIP and 18th in batting average against, their pitching sports the 11th-best ERA along with the 11th-most quality starts.
St. Louis will go for its second win in a row with Dakota Hudson taking the mound. Although the tall righty has come off back-to-back subpar outings, Hudson sports a respectable 3.72 ERA and 1.35 WHIP.
Marlins vs Cardinals Head-to-Head
The Cardinals have won three of four this season. The Marlins are now just 1-9 vs. St. Louis since the start of the 2021 season. In fact, their last season victory over the Cards was in 2016.
Marlins vs Cardinals Game Information
- Game: Marlins (33-39) vs Cardinals (42-34)
- Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis
- Day/Time: Tuesday, 7:45 p.m. ET
- Marlins vs Cardinals Live Stream: MLB.TV
Marlins vs Cardinals Betting Lines
|Miami Marlins |
B. Garrett -L
|+1½ -160||+125||8½ -125o||3½ -125o |
|St. Louis Cardinals |
D. Hudson -R
|-1½ +140||-140||8½ +105u||4½ -110o |
Marlins vs Cardinals Prediction
The latest MLB lines have St. Louis at -140, while the underdog Miami Marlins are +125.
Another option to bet online is the over/under. Tuesday’s total is at 8½, which the Cardinals singularly covered the previous night. With the hittable Garrett and Hudson on the mound for their respective clubs, the over is -125.
The Cardinals are -140 on the moneyline, which is an intriguing option considering the Marlins’ 14-23 road record.
However, Miami is 27-16 as runline underdogs, but those odds are a whopping -160.
For this matchup, it makes the most sense to take the Cardinals. While -140 isn’t great, taking them to cover the -1½ is too risky. Don’t overthink it.
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