St Louis Cardinals at Baltimore Orioles 8/8/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 8/7/2014
Friday, August 8, 2014, 7:05 PM on FSMW, MASN
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
St Louis Cardinals - Masterson, J (1-0) vs. Baltimore Orioles - Tillman, C (8-5)
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Friday night, the St. Louis Cardinals will take the field behind Justin Masterson (1-0, 7.50 ERA) as they take on the Baltimore Orioles and Chris Tillman (8 – 5, 3.78 ERA). Masterson makes his 21st start as Tillman makes his 25th.
Justin Masterson picked up his first win for his new team in his last outing. In his 1st start for the Cardinals since coming over from the Cleveland Indians, Masterson allowed 5 runs on 7 hits in 6 innings of work. He struck out 4 while walking 3. The new locale might have been a good thing for Masterson because he hadn’t had a victory since early June and was 2 – 3 in his last 9 starts for Cleveland. In 2013, Masterson went 14 -10 with a 3.45 ERA in 29 starts and 3 relief appearances for the Tribe.
Last season, Masterson was 0 – 2 with an 8.59 ERA in 2 starts against the Orioles. This season, he escaped with a no-decision against Baltimore after allowing 5 runs and 8 hits (including a homer) in 5.2 innings.
Chris Tillman got the victory in his last outing after a brilliant performance from the righty. In that win, Tillman threw 7 innings of scoreless ball and held the opposition to just 4 hits while striking out 6. Tillman has pitched well in recent outings although his record (1 – 1 in his last 5 starts) doesn’t reflect it. Last season, Tillman was 16 – 7 with a 3.71 ERA in 33 starts.
In 2013, Tillman didn’t face the Cardinals and he has only seen 3 of their hitters before. A.J. Pierzynski is batting .278 against Tillman a double and 2 RBIs.
St Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
St Louis Cardinals are 48-57-6 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for St Louis Cardinals is 0
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
Baltimore Orioles are 49-61-2 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Baltimore Orioles is 0.3
Injuries to Watch
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)
08/05/14 P Bud Norris Ankle questionable
07/11/14 P Ubaldo Jimenez Ankle 15-day DL (7/11)
06/17/14 C Matt Wieters Elbow 15-day DL (5/11), out for season
06/03/14 P Johan Santana Shoulder 60-day DL (6/2), out for season
04/03/14 P Edgmer Escalo Shoulder 60-day DL (3/30)
03/31/14 LF Francisco Peguero Wrist 15-day DL (3/21)
Josh's Pick: Take Baltimore
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