The St. Louis Cardinals and Baltimore Orioles meet up for a rare meeting featuring NL and AL foes. The last time the Cardinals and Orioles met was in 2014, with the Cards taking a 8-3 win on August 10th. The O’s may have won then, and were playing decent baseball at the start of the year, but they are struggling right now.
Yesterday against the White Sox they added another loss to their total, sending them below .500 for the first time of the season. The Orioles looked like a team who could hang around in the AL East, but they are falling very fast right now. With a record of 32-33, the Orioles are 7 games back of the Yankees for 1st in the division.
The Orioles are in the midst of a 1-7 run in their last eight games, which is a big blow when you take a look at the standings. A 7-game deficit in June is really nothing, but the idea of them outlasting the Yankees or Red Sox seems like long odds to me. The pitching in Baltimore has been getting absolutely demolished. Sorry, Demolished with a capital D. If they wish to get back on track, the pitching must get better exponentially.
There are no signs of it getting any better at the moment. Kevin Gausman will look to turn things around tonight for the Orioles, but nothing has been going his way thus far this year. Gausman has not been helping the cause here in Baltimore. I think I’ve called him Kevin Gascan before, and he’s living up to that billing of late.
Carlos Martinez will counter for the Cardinals, a guy who I would say is one of the more underrated pitchers you’ll find in baseball. He’s been quietly performing over the past couple years, and is flexing his muscles again in 2017. The Cards haven’t been flexing their muscles much this season as a team, but Martinez has been holding his own weight regardless. Get our free Cardinals vs. Orioles interleague pick below.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Baltimore Orioles Pick
Carlos Martinez (5-5, 2.95 ERA) vs. Kevin Gausman (3-5, 6.49 ERA)
Like I stated, the pitching for the Orioles has been downright awful. In their last seven games, they’ve allowed way too many runs, 9.2 runs per game to be exact. Overall, their pitching staff as a whole is 26th in the majors with a 4.88 ERA. Across the last few weeks, it’s steadily gotten worse. Gausman heads into tonight with a putrid ERA of 6.49, along with a 7.63 ERA and 2.35 WHIP. In other words, he’s allowing an average of more than 2 runners on base per inning. That is not going to get the job done. In his last two outings, he’s allowed a total of 11 runs. He’s inconsistent as they come in baseball.
Martinez has been doing a fine job this season with a 2.95 ERA. However, it’s all thanks to what he’s done at home. Martinez is a completely different pitcher on the road. Note that he holds a 1.80 ERA at home, but on the road that number hits an ERA of 5.10. Martinez also carries a 1.40 WHIP on the road versus a 0.86 WHIP at home. Both teams have been hitting right-handed pitching pretty well lately, with a .270 BA for the Cards in their last five, and a .272 for the Orioles in their last five games. The OVER looks like a solid pick to get the weekend started on the diamond.
PICK: OVER 9 (-120)