Cleveland Indians vs. St. Louis Cardinals Pick – MLB, August 29, 2020
The Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals started their lone three-game series of this shortened, crazy MLB season on Friday night, while the middle contest is set for Saturday afternoon at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
Ahead of the opener, the 19-12 Indians were tied with the White Sox for the second spot in the AL Central. The 11-11 Cards, on the other side, were laying at the second spot of the NL Central.
I’ve prepared the most important tips and notes for Saturday’s interleague showdown at Busch Stadium along with the best Indians vs. Cardinals betting pick, so let’s take a closer look.
Indians vs. Cardinals Odds
The Cardinals will start their best ace in this one, so they are slight favorites, according to Bovada Sportsbook.
I’m not surprised by the totals, considering starting pitchers on both sides, but if you like to eliminate the push out of options, take a closer look at the alternative lines and odds on some of the best baseball betting sites.
Indians vs. Cardinals Preview
The Indians have improved slightly at-bat and are the fifth-most inefficient team in the league at the moment with 4.00 runs scored per game. They are 27th in batting average (.217) and 28th in slugging percentage.
The Cardinals have been struggling, too, tallying just 4.09 runs per contest (24th in the MLB). Their on-base percentage of .341 is the third-best in the majors, but the Cards are 21st in batting average (.241) and 25th in slugging percentage (.376).
Carlos Carrasco will get his seventh start of the season for Cleveland. The righty is 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 39/15 K/BB ratio. Carrasco met the Cards only once in his career and suffered a loss in 2015.
Over the last few weeks, Carrasco has been struggling mightily, dropping two of his three starts while failing to last more than 4.1 innings in each one.
Jack Flaherty will toe the slab for the Cardinals, and the righty is 2-0 in three starts this term. Flaherty owns a 1.98 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, and 12/2 K/BB ratio and looked sharp in his previous outing this past Monday. The Cards beat the Royals 4-0, and Jack yielded only a hit while striking out five in five innings of work.
Flaherty met the Indians once in 2018 and suffered a loss while surrendering four runs and six hits across four innings.
Indians vs. Cardinals Betting Pick
I’m looking for a strong performance by Carrasco and Flaherty, so betting on the under seems like the best option. Carrasco desperately needs to break out of his funk, and the Cardinals’ bats are far away from their top form.
On the other side, Flaherty looks like he’s playing in a very good form, while the Indians’ offense is one of the worst in the majors for a few reasons.
The under is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings between the Indians and Cards excluding Friday’s matchup, so I’m backing a low-score affair.
Under 8.0 runs-115