Orioles on Three-Game Win Streak
The Baltimore Orioles go for a fourth straight win when they take on the host St. Louis Cardinals in the second game of a three-game Interleague set on Wednesday night. Baltimore took the opener 5-3 and sits in fourth place in the AL East.
St. Louis has dropped three in a row but is hanging onto second place in the NL Central standings. These two teams don’t play often, so before you decide how you want to bet online on this contest, check out our in-depth preview of the game.
Orioles Having Fun as Wins Start Coming
The Baltimore Orioles have long been an afterthought in the AL East, finishing at the bottom of the division in four of the past five seasons; however, with seven wins in their last 10 games, they are starting to come together and are feeling confident about winning.
“This atmosphere, playing against a good team like (the Cardinals), wins like this are fun,” Orioles third baseman Tyler Nevin said after Tuesday’s win over St. Louis. “I’m glad we came out with the ‘W.’ We’re playing well right now. The bats are starting to click. We’re feeding off each other, for sure.”
Nevin had a home run in Tuesday’s win, his first of the season. Also, leaving the yard was outfielder Cedric Mullins, who leads the Orioles with five home runs. Mullins is batting .262 with eight doubles, a triple, 14 RBIs, and 19 runs scored.
First baseman Ryan Mountcastle was hitless in the series opener, but he leads Baltimore with 16 RBIs. Mountcastle is batting .268 with three doubles, four home runs, and 10 runs scored.
Right-hander Spenser Watkins will get the start for Wednesday’s contest as he looks for his first win of the season. Watkins is 0-0 with a 3.22 ERA in five starts, striking out 10 in 22⅓ innings of work. He had a bit of a rough outing in his last start, lasting 4⅔ innings and giving up three runs on seven hits, including a home run, while striking out two and walking two against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.
Cardinals Needing Better Starting Pitching
It doesn’t help to have veteran Adam Wainwright and ace Jack Flaherty sidelined, but the St. Louis Cardinals need some better starts. With Wainwright sidelined with COVID-19, Packy Naughton had to make his first start of the season on Tuesday, taking the loss after giving up three runs on five hits, including a pair of home runs.
Right-hander Miles Mikolas will try to have a second straight dominating start when he takes the mound on Wednesday. The veteran is 2-1 with a 1.53 ERA (sixth in baseball) and he picked up a win against the San Francisco Giants in his last outing on Thursday. In that game, Mikolas went 5⅔ innings and allowed one run on seven hits while striking out three and walking three.
St. Louis was down 5-0 before it put any runs on the board on Tuesday. Third baseman Nolan Arenado struggled, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the setback for his second straight hitless game. Despite that, Arenado is batting .318 and is tied for fourth in the majors with 24 RBIs. He also has a team-high seven home runs, nine doubles, and 14 runs scored.
Second baseman Tommy Edman is batting .290, but he has had troubles with strikeouts over the current losing streak. Edman has struck out 18 times in 28 games, but he has seven of those over the last three games.
Orioles vs Cardinals Head-to-Head
The Baltimore Orioles’ win in the first game of this series moved their all-time record as a visitor against the St. Louis Cardinals to 3-4. These two teams haven’t played in St. Louis since 2003 when the Cardinals took two of the three matchups.
Baltimore is looking for its third straight series victory against the Cardinals, having won by 2-1 counts at home in 2014 and 2017. The MLB lines aren’t seeing that trend continuing in Wednesday’s game, with St. Louis a heavy favorite at home.
Orioles vs Cardinals Game Information
- Game: Orioles (13-17) vs Cardinals (16-13)
- Location: Busch Stadium
- Day/Time: Wednesday, May 11th, 7:45 p.m. ET
- Orioles vs Cardinals Live Stream: MLB.tv
Orioles vs Cardinals Betting Lines
|St. Louis Cardinals||-215||8½-115u||4½-120o
Orioles vs Cardinals Prediction
The St. Louis Cardinals have not hit the skids and we like them to bounce back in a big way with Mikolas on the mound. With Baltimore struggling to find runs, we must lay our money on the Cardinals to pick up the victory.