Cardinals vs Phillies Pick MLB – April 19th

Rookie Tony Cingrani and the Reds handled their business in his first major league start, easily dispatching the Florida Guppies 11-1.  The win gives us 12 winning days against just four losing ones at so far this baseball season.  The loss for the Marlins gives them 13 losses in just 16 games, dropping their winning percentage even lower than their anemic batting average to .185.  Keep an eye on this club, as the major league losing record could be in their crosshairs this season, whih could mean some of the widest moneylines we’ve seen in years….

Tonight we will try to keep our winning ways going as the landscape changes a bit with many teams kicking off fresh matchups for the weekend series.  Let’s take a look at a decent wagering opportunity in the national league as a pair of teams heading in opposite directions collide in Philadelphia.

St Louis Cardinals -114 at Philadelphia Phillies +105 (Total: 8)

Jaime Garcia (1-0, 1.86 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay (1-2, 7.63 ERA)

I hate to call another man’s career over, especially a pitcher who has been as dominant as any in the last ten years (the no-hitter in the playoffs will go down as one of the greatest pitched games in history), but something just isn’t right with Doc Halladay, and at his age, it might just be the first signs that things are winding down.

He has gotten a bit better in his last two starts, but his ERA is skyhigh,  his 1.57 WHIP is troublesome, and he has only lasted 15.1 innings in three combined starts.  Getting right against the Cardinals isn’t an easy order, as their lineup is as good as any in the National League.

Meanwhile, Jaime Garcia has been fantastic for St. Louis.  Philadelphia has struggled offensively this season and enters tonight having lost four in a row and five of their last seven including a 2-1 series in Miami where they managed to win twice despite scoring only SIX runs in THREE games!

The Cardinals have won six of eight, and have scored plenty of runs in the process.  It’s a bit like Patriots football in St. Louis – shuffle some new faces in each year, but the results seem to always be the same; they’re going to the playoffs.

I like St. Louis tonight and I think they are a pretty good play on the -1.5 runline as well.  I’ll keep my official pick conservative for a change, but if you are feeling more aggressive and can get the money line up around +150 I’d consider taking advantage.

Free Pick:  St. Louis Cardinals to WIN -114

Chris Scheeren / Author