Miami Marlins vs. St. Louis Cardinals, Thursday, Las Vegas Sports Betting, MLB Baseball Odds, Picks and Predictions

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MIAMI MARLINS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
38-45, 3rd in National League East July 6, 1:45 PM | Grass of Busch Stadium 40-44, 3rd in National League Central
Miami at St. Louis, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 1:45 PM ET, Thursday, July 6, 2017
Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
TV: 1:45 p.m. ET, FSN Florida (Miami), FSN Midwest (St. Louis)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Marlins RH Tom Koehler (1-3, 8.33 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH Michael Wacha (5-3, 4.16)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Miami Marlins [T. Koehler -R] +1½ -145 +138 Ov 9½ -110
St. Louis Cardinals [M. Wacha -R] -1½ +125 -148 Un 9½ -110
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The Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at New Busch Stadium.

The Marlins will pin their hopes on the pitching of right hander Tom Koehler in this game. Koehler has a 1-3 record and a 7.42 ERA this season.

Starting this game for the Cardinals will be Michael Wacha. The right hander has a 4.16 ERA to go along with a 5-3 record this season.

Koehler returned to Miami’s rotation for the first time since May 16 on Saturday and was lit up for seven runs on six hits and a pair of walks in 1 2/3 innings. The New York native did not complete six frames in any of his last five major-league appearances and has surrendered 11 home runs in 40 overall innings. Koehler started against St. Louis on May 10 and did not factor in the decision after allowing four runs and five hits in 5 1/3 frames.

Wacha dominated in his last two turns, recording a pair of wins while allowing a total of one run and nine hits in 12 innings. The Texas A&M product struck out a season-high nine over six frames against Washington on Saturday while issuing one walk. Wacha, who has surrendered a total of one home run in his last five turns, is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in two career starts against Miami.

Oddsmakers currently have the Cardinals listed as 148-moneyline favorites versus the Marlins, while the game’s total is sitting at 9½.

The St. Louis Cardinals looked at their last two series before the All-Star break and saw a path to .500, but things aren’t breaking their way. The Cardinals will try to earn a split when they host the Miami Marlins on Thursday afternoon for the finale of their four-game series.

St. Louis earned series wins over Arizona and Washington before taking the first contest against the Marlins on Monday but fell off the pace by losing the last two. The Cardinals, who close the first half with a three-game home set against the New York Mets this weekend, are having some trouble keeping the Marlins in the park as they yielded four home runs in Wednesday’s 9-6 setback. Two of those blasts came from Giancarlo Stanton, who tuned up to defend his Home Run Derby crown on Monday by blasting his 22nd and 23rd shots of the campaign. Trying to keep Stanton and company in the yard on Thursday will be Michael Wacha, who opposes Miami’s Tom Koehler.

Last time out for St. Louis, they were a 9-6 loser as they battled the Marlins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Marlins at 119 were rewarded, while the 15 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

The Marlins were a 9-6 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Cardinals. That made winners of bettors who got Miami at 119 on the moneyline, while the total score (15) was good news for OVER bettors.

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Miami:
Team record: 38-45 SU

St. Louis:
Team record: 40-44 SU

Next up:
Miami at San Francisco Friday, July 7
St. Louis home to New York Friday, July 7

MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Cardinals rookie OF Tommy Phan is 6-for-15 with seven RBIs in his last four contests.

2. St. Louis OF Randal Grichuk is 2-for-21 with nine strikeouts over his last six games.

3. Miami 1B Justin Bour is one of five players vying for the final NL All-Star spot, with voting to conclude Thursday afternoon, and snapped a 13-game homerless drought on Wednesday.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

St. Louis Cardinals will win outright at -148 and the game will go over 9½ runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Cardinals 9, Marlins 3 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
MIA TEAM STL
4.65 RUNS 4.56
4.96 RUNS AGNST 4.51
-0.31 DIFF 0.05
-$612 MONEY -$1,058
4.59 TEAM ERA 4.03
9.16 OFF HITS 8.55
2.67 OFF WALKS 3.57
7.77 OFF Ks 8.18
8.41 DEF HITS 8.60
3.88 DEF WALKS 3.19
7.92 DEF Ks 8.48
INJURIES
MIAMI MARLINS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Justin Bour 1B 15-Day Disabled List
Bryan Morris P 15-Day Disabled List
Wei-Yin Chen P 15-Day Disabled List
Adam Conley P 15-Day Disabled List
Giancarlo Stanton P 15-Day Disabled List
Derek Dietrich 2B 15-Day Disabled List
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Matt Holiday OF 15-Day Disabled List
Matt Carpenter OF 15-Day Disabled List
Matt Adams 1B 15-Day Disabled List
Michael Wacha P 15-Day Disabled List
Tyler Louis P 15-Day Disabled List
Mitch Harris P 15-Day Disabled List
Lance Lynn P 60-Day Disabled List
Brayan Pena C 15-Day Disabled List
Jordan Walden P 15-Day Disabled List
Tyler Lyons P 15-Day Disabled List
Aledmys Diaz SS 15-Day Disabled List
Trevor Rosenthal P 15-Day Disabled List
Seth Maness P 15-Day Disabled List
Mike Leake P 15-Day Disabled List
BETTING TRENDS
MIAMI MARLINS
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami’s last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami’s last 5 games on the road
Miami is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Miami’s last 11 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami’s last 8 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
Miami is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
The total has gone OVER in 8 of St. Louis’s last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of St. Louis’s last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 10 of St. Louis’s last 11 games when playing Miami
St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Miami
The total has gone OVER in 6 of St. Louis’s last 8 games when playing at home against Miami
St. Louis is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Miami
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Miami’s Overall Scoring vs St. Louis’s Overall Defense 4.7 8 4.5 6
Miami’s Away Scoring vs St. Louis’s Home Defense 5.0 3 4.0 3
Miami’s Road ERA vs St. Louis’s Home ERA Allowed 5.1 12 4.3 9
St. Louis’s Overall Scoring vs Miami’s Overall Defense 4.6 10 5.0 11
St. Louis’s Home Scoring vs Miami’s Road Defense 4.4 9 5.2 12
St. Louis’s Home ERA vs Miami’s Road ERA Allowed 3.4 2 4.6 3
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
MARLINS
Marlins are lowest scoring team in the league at 3.2 runs per game.
Marlins trail the league in hits with 7.8 per game.
Marlins are second worst in walks allowed in the league at 3.2 per game.
CARDINALS
Cardinals are the highest scoring team in the league at 4.8 runs per game.
Cardinals have the second best hits stat in the league at 9.2 per game.
Cardinals are second best in K’s per game with 6.9.

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