St Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies 8/22/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 8/21/2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia
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Friday night, the St. Louis Cardinals will send Shelby Miller (8 – 9, 4.25 ERA) to the hill as they face the Philadelphia Phillies and Kyle Kendrick (5 - 11, 4.90 ERA). Miller makes his 25th start and 26th appearance as Kendrick makes his 26th start.
Shelby Miller pitched to a no-decision in his last outing but it could have easily been a loss considering his efforts. In 6 innings of work, Miller surrendered 4 runs and 4 this while walking 6 and striking out 5. Miller seems to fluctuate between allowing 1 or 2 runs and allowing 5 or 6 runs. In his last 10 outings, he is a dismal 1 – 3. Last season, Miller was a solid 15 – 9 with a 3.06 ERA in 31 starts.
In 2013, Miller won his only start against the Phillies after holding them scoreless over 6 innings. Earlier this season, he took the loss against Philadelphia after surrendering 4 runs and 7 hits (including a homer) in 6.2 innings.
Kyle Kendrick pitched to his 3rd straight no-decision in his last outing. In that start, Kendrick gave up 4 runs and 5 hits (including a home run) in 5 innings. He walked 2 batters but struck out just 1. Kendrick’s last win was in late July and he is just 2 - 4 in his last 10 starts. Last season, Kendrick posted his 2nd straight sub-.500 season by going 10 – 13 with a 4.70 ERA in 30 starts.
In 2013, Kendrick was 0 – 1 with a 3.75 ERA in 2 starts against the Cardinals. Earlier this season, Kendrick lost to St. Louis after allowing 5 runs and 8 hits in 6 innings.
St Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
St Louis Cardinals are 56-63-6 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for St Louis Cardinals is 0
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
Philadelphia Phillies are 65-52-9 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Philadelphia Phillies is -0.6
Injuries to Watch
St Louis Cardinals
08/19/14 2B Mark Ellis Oblique 15-day DL (8/15)
08/08/14 P Jason Motte Back 15-day DL (8/1)
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)
08/01/14 P Cliff Lee Elbow 15-day DL (7/31), out for season
07/22/14 RF John Mayberry Wrist 15-day DL (7/21)
06/20/14 3B Reid Brignac Ankle 15-day DL (6/20)
06/07/14 P Mike Adams Rotator Cuff 60-day DL (6/7)
05/13/14 2B Freddy Galvis Collarbone out 6-8 weeks
Josh's Pick: Take St. Louis
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