Jaime Garcia (4-5, 3.89 ERA) and Doug Fister (6-3, 3.34 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a two-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals (35-28) and the Houston Astros (30-35) at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals come into this series hoping to extend a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 8:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 14 and can be seen on RTSW and FSMW.
Garcia pitched 4.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering five runs, striking out three and walking one in a 12-7 win over the Reds. Matt Carpenter (.285, 44 Rs, 10 HRs, 42 RBIs) continued his strong play Sunday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs. Fister went 6.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out five and walking one in a 3-1 win over the Rangers in his most recent start. Jose Altuve (.344, 46 Rs, 10 HRs, 38 RBIs, 18 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Astros, going 2 for 4 Sunday.
The Cardinals are a -140 favorite as the Astros lose the designated hitter for this road interleague contest. The total is 8.5.
Pick - Stl
The Astros didn't score any runs in their last game. The Cardinals have a 4-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Astros are 20-5. The Cardinals have a 29-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 15th, Houston sits in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 272 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top five at second with 350.
Ranking 18th, Houston is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.720). St. Louis ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .800.
The Astros are 20-24 when they allow at least one home run. The Cardinals perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with an 18-21 record.