Detroit Tigers vs. St. Louis Cardinals – MLB, September 10, 2020

By Admir Aljic in MLB
| September 10, 2020 2:00 am PDT

The Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals will meet each other Thursday, September 10, for a doubleheader at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Their previous seven encounters were postponed due to a COVID-19 drama among the Cardinals back in August, so these two interleague foes meet for the first time since 2018.

I’ve prepared the best Tigers vs. Cardinals betting pick for the opening contest of Thursday’s doubleheader along with the latest odds update.

Tigers vs. Cardinals Odds

BET ODDS
Tigers +1.5 -105
Cardinals -1.5 -120
Tigers to Win +190
Cardinals to Win -210
Over 6.5 -105
Under 6.5 -115

The Cardinals will start their top ace Jack Flaherty, so they’re listed as firm -210 moneyline favorites, according to Bovada sports.

Tigers vs. Cardinals Preview

The Cardinals have won seven of their previous 11 games. They are second in the NL Central with an 18-17 record, just a couple of games ahead of the third-placed Brewers, and three games behind the leaders Chicago Cubs.

On the other side, the Tigers are coming off an embarrassing 19-0 home loss to the Brewers on Wednesday afternoon. It was their sixth defeat in the last eight outings, and the Tigers dropped to 19-22 on the season. Still, they are only 1.5 games behind the bottom wild card in the American League.

Detroit is 13th in baseball in runs scored per game (4.85). The Tigers’ batting average of .253 is the 13th-best in the MLB, while their slugging percentage of .432 is 12th-best in the majors.

On the other side, the Cards score 4.37 runs per contest (22nd) on a .243 batting average (16th) and .384 slugging percentage (23rd).

As I’ve mentioned, Jack Flaherty will get the ball for the hosts, and the 24-year-old righty is 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in five starts this term. Flaherty pitched just 2.2 innings last Friday and was charged with a loss against the Cubs, yielding three earned runs, four hits, and a couple of walks.

Tarik Skubal will take the mound for the Tigers in the opener, and the 23-year-old rookie southpaw is 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in four starts so far. He pitched six innings of a one-run ball against the Twins last Saturday, but the Tigers lost eventually 4-3.

Tigers vs. Cardinals Pick

The Tigers should be motivated to make amends after that ugly loss to the Brewers, but they will have a tall task against Jack Flaherty. Although Flaherty has struggled last time out, he’s been very good for most of the season, and I expect him to shut down the Tigers in this one.

Furthermore, the Tigers have serious problems with their bullpen that owns the 18th-best ERA in baseball (4.57). On the other side, the Cards’ relievers have the eighth-best ERA of 3.78.

Anyway, this is a shortened game, and Flaherty could easily go the distance, while Skubal will probably have to leave the game at some point, especially if the Cards’ bats enjoy a good day in the office.

Therefore, give me the hosts at moneyline odds. I know they are not attractive, but I would avoid the spread in a seven-inning clash.

Pick
  • Cardinals to Win
    -210

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