St. Louis Cardinals
Right-handers collide on the hallowed grounds of Wrigley Field on Saturday afternoon as a part of a three-pack of MLB betting affairs that will shown on Fox, as the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Chicago Cubs. The Redbirds walked out of the Windy City with a 7-1 win on Friday afternoon, chasing RHP Randy Wells after the first six batters all got base hits.
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RHP Adam Ottavino is going to be making his Major League debut on Saturday afternoon, and he is going to do so in a very tight situation. He is taking the place of RHP Kyle Lohse in the rotation. Lohse has been ineffective this year, and now that he is on the 15-day disabled list, many think that Ottavino is essentially auditioning for a full-time role in manager Tony LaRussa's rotation in these next 2-3 starts. Ottavino had a 2.38 ERA in 11.1 innings of work during Spring Training, but his success hasn't necessarily translated into great numbers in Triple-A Memphis. There, the righty has a great 1.17 WHIP and a K/9 of 8.12, but his ERA is a lofty 4.17.
Speaking of guys that are putting up lofty numbers, how about RHP Carlos Silva? At 6-0, Silva has arguably been the most pleasant surprise in the bigs in 2010. Silva now has more wins through nine starts this year than he did in 36 over the L/2 seasons in which he went 5-18. Silva hasn't been a completely dominating arm in his 53.2 innings of work, but the fact of the matter is that he hasn't allowed more than three runs but two times on the season, and his team is producing an average of 6.67 runs per game for him on the bump. Against the Cards in his career, Silva is 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA.
Eventually, Silva is going to have to lose. The Redbirds haven't won a series in Wrigley Field since the start of 2007. That could all change today. The Cubs haven't had any sort of luck going against a pitcher for the first time on the year, and Ottavino may provide the same sort of challenge. Parlay that with Silva's prospective struggles at some point, and the price is just right to back the Birds on Saturday.
Selection: St. Louis Cardinals +125 at Sportsbook.com
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