St Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies 8/23/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 8/22/2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia
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Shelby Miller (8-9) will be going for his first win since the end of July when he and the St. Louis Cardinals go up against David Buchanan (6-7) and the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.
Right-hander Shelby Miller gave up four runs to the San Diego Padres in his last start and ended up with a no decision. He went six innings in that outing and struck out five batters while walking a season-high six. Miller currently has a 4.25 ERA on the year and he has give up 8.4 hits per nine innings, which is the worst rate of his three-year career.
Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has two hits in his three at-bats against Shelby Miller and is the only player on his team who has been able to hit a home run off of the right-hander.
On Sunday, David Buchanan lost his second game in a row when he was defeated by the San Francisco Giants on the road. He pitched 6.2 innings in that game and allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits while walking one batter and striking out four. He now has a 4.25 ERA on the year and he has only walked 19 batters in 78.1 innings.
Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is 1-for-3 against Buchanan in his career with a single and an RBI. None of the Cardinals have faced him more than three times.
St Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
St Louis Cardinals are 57-63-6 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for St Louis Cardinals is 0
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
Philadelphia Phillies are 65-52-10 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
Tony's Pick: Take St. Louis
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