Philadelphia Phillies (79-67) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (65-81)
Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals 9/16/23 – As the MLB season draws near, teams are fighting for playoff positioning or playing for pride. Philadelphia Phillies (79-67) remain in contention and hope to clinch a postseason berth by season’s end; St Louis Cardinals (65-81) may still provide some surprises; both will face off tonight at 7:15 PM ET at Busch Stadium with broadcast available on MLBN.
The Philadelphia Phillies have managed to hold onto playoff hopes with a 79-67 record, boasting an offense that features a batting average of .258, 714 runs scored and 195 homers hit; their on-base percentage stands at .329 while they boast a slugging percentage of.44; pitching has maintained an acceptable 4.04 ERA and 1.25 WHIP; however, their recent form has been uneven, with an uninspiring 1-4 record in their last five games being cause for some concern among fans and bettors alike.
The Cardinals, despite their losing record of 65-81, have seen some bright spots this season. Their team batting average is .253 with 666 runs scored and 200 homers. The on-base percentage was slightly below that of the Phillies at .327, while they had a slugging percentage of .425. The pitching staff has an ERA of 4.74 with a WHIP of 1.45, which may explain their current standings; yet recent form shows them going 7-3 over 10 games which may portend an end-of-season surge. If you’re looking for some insights and recommendations on their upcoming games, don’t forget to check out some free daily MLB picks.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals Game Info
|When:||Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 7:15 PM ET|
Ranger Suarez (2-6, 3.93 ERA) vs. Miles Mikolas (7-11, 4.75 ERA)
For the Phillies, Ranger Suarez takes the mound with a record of 2-6 and an ERA of 3.93. In 107.2 innings, he has allowed 111 hits, struck out 104, and walked 40. He’s been fairly reliable despite his losing record and has allowed just 12 home runs this season.
On the flip side, the Cardinals will send out Miles Mikolas, who has a record of 7-11 with an ERA of 4.75. He’s pitched 176.1 innings this season, allowing 197 hits and 22 home runs while striking out 116 and walking 36.
Statistically speaking, Suarez has the edge in ERA and WHIP, but Mikolas has the experience of pitching more innings and has a better winning record this season.
MLB Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia Phillies -109, Total Odds: 9
The betting odds are intriguing for both teams. The Phillies are slight favorites with a spread of -1.5 at +145 and a moneyline of -109. The total over/under is set at 9, with the over at +100. For the Cardinals, the spread is +1.5 at -165 and a moneyline of -101. The total under is favored at -120.
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
The total has gone over in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games, but they are 1-4 straight up in their last 5. However, they’ve dominated the Cardinals recently, going 5-0 SU in their last 5 matchups. When it comes to playing on the road against St. Louis, the total has more often than not gone under, in 5 of the last 6 matchups to be exact.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
St. Louis, on the other hand, has seen the total go under in 4 of their last 5 games and is 7-3 straight up in their last 10. When playing at home against the Phillies, the trend strongly suggests a low-scoring game with 5 of the last 6 going under. However, they’ve been less than stellar against teams from the NL East, going 3-7 in their last 10.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals 9/16/23 Betting Picks
Taking into account the trends, team stats, and starting pitchers, the Phillies seem poised to continue their recent domination over the Cardinals. Although their recent form has been shaky, their statistical edge in both pitching and batting should see them through.
Ranger Suarez is expected to outperform Miles Mikolas, given his lower ERA and WHIP. The Phillies also have a stronger batting lineup and have fared well against the NL Central Division teams. On the other hand, although the Cardinals have a good recent form, their poor record against NL East teams and inferior stats can’t be ignored. For more insights and potential betting opportunities, you can also explore some professional sports picks.