A pair of teams that grossly failed to live up to preseason expectations a year ago will close an extended four-game series out in Queens when the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets collide. Youngsters Luke Weaver and Steven Matz will get the starting
St. Louis currently owns an 85.5 season win total which means it needs to win three more games than it did last season to cash over bettor’s tickets. With the Cubs the class of the division and Milwaukee taking huge strides, the Redbirds will likely need to dominate both Pittsburgh and Cincinnati to have any shot of cashing their win total on the baseball betting lines.
Last season was a catastrophe for the Mets. Most of it stemmed from losing their top dog in the rotation after Noah Syndergaard refused to get an MRI and then immediately after tore the lat muscle in his throwing arm. Matt Harvey wasn’t the same upon returning which only hurt an already injury ravaged staff that saw Kevin Wheeler and Steven Matz go down.
Yoenis Cespedes couldn’t stay healthy, and then Michael Conforto went down with a season ending shoulder injury while in the midst of a breakout campaign. All seems to be better this season, and you can only figure the injury bug won’t be as cruel a second time around. A change at the managerial position could come as a breath of fresh air as well for this defunct franchise.
These clubs locked horns seven times last season, and it was the Cardinals who came out triumphant in logging four wins against the closing MLB betting odds. Runs were tough to come by with the under cashing at a 4-2-1 overall clip. The teams managed to split a four game series in Queens with the low side of the total coming in twice to go along with the lone push. St. Louis has come out on top in six of its last 10 visits to Citi Field.
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I’m a big fan of what Luke Weaver brings to the table. The youngster was much better in his second go round at the big league level amassing a 7-2 record and 3.88 ERA while amassing an impressive 72:17 K/BB ratio in just over 60 innings of work. He did however give up 59 hits, so if he can limit the good wood on his offerings, he could take another big step forward. This will be his first ever appearance against New York.
Steven Matz has proven in the past that he has what it takes to be successful in the bigs. Back in 2016, the lefty went 9-8 and pitched to a 3.40 ERA and 129:31 K/BB ratio. His main issue has been health, and that was once again the case last year
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