Boston Red Sox at St Louis Cardinals 8/7/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 8/6/2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014, 7:15 PM on NESN, FSMW
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Boston Red Sox - Workman, B (1-4) vs. St Louis Cardinals - Wainwright, A (13-6)
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On Thursday night, Brandon Workman (1-4) will be hoping that he can snap his four-game losing streak when he and the Boston Red Sox Adam face Wainwright (13-6) and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Brandon Workman ended his month of July with an 0-3 record after he was beaten by the Toronto Blue Jays last Wednesday. He pitched five innings in that outing and allowed five runs (two earned) on four base hits while walking four batters and striking out two. He now has a 4.08 ERA on the year and he has only given up 7.4 hits per nine innings.
The Cardinals will be facing Workman for the first time on Thursday night. They can expect to see his 91-92 mph fastball about 50 percent of the time, but that is his lowest-rated pitch this season.
Adam Wainwright had one of his worst starts of the year last week against the Milwaukee Brewers and ended up suffering his sixth loss of the season. He pitched 5.1 innings in that start and allowed seven runs on nine hits while striking out five batters and walking three. He still has an excellent 2.26 ERA on the year and he has only given up 119 hits in 155 innings of work.
Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has no hits in his four at-bats against Wainwright with three strikeouts. The rest of the Red Sox will be going up against the right-hander for the first time on Thursday.
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
Boston Red Sox are 46-61-4 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Boston Red Sox is -0.5
St Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
St Louis Cardinals are 48-56-6 against the Over/Under
Run differential for St Louis Cardinals is 0
Injuries to Watch
Boston Red Sox
08/03/14 LF Allen Craig Ankle questionable
08/02/14 C David Ross Plantar Fasciitis 15-day DL (8/2)
08/01/14 RF Shane Victorino Back 15-day DL (7/30)
07/23/14 3B Kelly Johnson Groin 15-day DL (7/22)
05/31/14 1B Ryan Lavarnway Wrist 60-day DL (5/30)
St Louis Cardinals
07/10/14 C Yadier Molina Thumb 15-day DL (7/9)
07/06/14 P Jaime Garcia Shoulder 60-day DL (6/24), out for season
06/23/14 P Michael Wacha Shoulder 60-day DL (6/21)
05/13/14 P Tyler Lyons Shoulder 15-day DL (5/12)
Guy's Pick: Take St. Louis
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