Florida Marlins at St. Louis Cardinals Betting Odds

Opening Moneyline: Marlins +162 / Cardinals -182 O/U 7.5 runs

Game Time: 8:15 PM EST Wednesday May 4, 2011

Tonight is Game 3 of this 4 game series with the Marlins taking the series opener and the Cardinals winning last night. The Marlins have been a surprise this season and they are 8 games over .500 and only trail the Phillies by 1 game in the NL East. The Cardinals are also getting it done leading the NL Central by 2.5 games even though they lost Ace Adam Wainwright for the season and 3-time MVP Albert Pujols is struggling. Both teams are 6-4 in their last 10 games. Even though Pujols is struggling the Cardinals still rank #1 in the Majors in runs scored, team batting average, and team on base percentage.

Last night the Cardinals beat the Marlins 7-5.

This season the Cardinals have an Over/Under record of 17-11-1 and a runline W/L record of 16-13 and the Marlins have an Over/Under record of 14-12-1 and a runline W/L record of 16-11.

There’s no place like home does not really fit for the Cardinals so far this season, as they are only 7-7 at home while the Marlins are 8-5 on the road.

On the hill for the Cardinals tonight is Chris Carpenter (0-2 3.89 ERA), who is looking for his first win in 7 starts this season and in his last outing gave up 3 earned runs in 7 innings in a no decision against the Braves. Javier Vazquez (2-2 6.39 ERA) is on the mound for the Marlins and in his last outing he went 6 innings giving up 4 earned runs in a win over the Reds.

Carpenter is 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA in his last two starts against the Marlins and the Cardinals are only 1-5 in his last 6 starts.

The Marlins have won 6 of their last 8 games against the Cardinals and 4 of their last 5 games facing them in St. Louis.

Pujols is 8 for 21 with a HR against Vazquez in his career, but he is only hitting .231 on the season, is only 2 for his last 20, and he does not have an extra base bit in his last 9 games.

Even though Pujols is not hitting Matt Holiday (.409) and Lance Berkman (.401) are and these 2 rank #1 and #2 in the Majors in bating average. Holliday is on a 9-game hitting streak and Berkman ranks 3rd in the NL in HR and 2nd in RBI.

The Marlins’ offense has been playing well and overall they rank 9th in the Majors in runs and 13th in team betting average.

In some other betting trends for this NL match up:

Florida is 6-2 in their last 8 road games, 5-1 in their last 6 road games against a right-handed starter, and has an Over record of 3-0-1 in their last 4 road games.

St. Louis is 9-4 in their last 13 games against a right-handed starter and they have an Over record of 6-1 in their last 7 games.

In the last 5 games between these 2 teams in St. Louis the total has gone Under 4 times.

Our Selection : Florida looks to be a live dog is this spot beating the Cardinals 4 out of the last 5 in St Louis and going 8-5 on the road so far this season. Starting pitcher Chris Carpenter is still looking for his first win of the season. Take the Marlins +162 at BetUS.

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