Written and authored by Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Baseball news and notes. The teams will play on Monday June 8th, 2015. At 8:40 PM EST.
The (37-19) St.Louis Cardinals of the National League Central Division will take the trip to the “MILE HIGH CITY”. For the first fo a three-game set. St.louis will play the (25-30) Colorado Rockies of the National League West in 2015 Baseball action. The teams will play at Coors Field in picturesque Denver, Colorado. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the St.Louis Cardinals organization are a model of consistency, and the team is poised for another Division title. The Colorado Rockies have been playing pretty well as of late, but won’t make the postseason. The opening betting line has St.Louis as a -145 road favorite Against The Spread. The betting odds total is 10′ runs for Monday’s game.
The 2015 St.Louis Cardinals have won two of three. The “RED BIRDS” finish the series at Los Angeles on ESPN June 7th. St.Louis is first in the NL Central, six games in front of Pittsburgh. The Cardinals are 15-12 away from home this season.
*Shortstop Jhonny Peralta leads the charge at the plate in four of the five major offensive categories.
*Left Fielder Matt Holliday has a team-high .423 on base percentage.
*The the batting order has a .389 team slugging percentage.
*Starting Pitcher Michael Wacha has a staff high eight wins with a 2.18 ERA.
Relief Pitcher Trevor Rosenthal leads the bullpen with eighteen saves.
* The pitching staff has 2.59 earned run average.
*The Cardinals begin a five-game homestand hosting in-state rival Kansas City in interleague action on June 12th.
*Notable injuries: Third Baseman Matt Carpenter has a minor tricep bruise.
*First Baseman Matt Adams is on the 60-day disabled list with a strained right quad.
*St.Louis is 49-17 their last sixty-six as a betting odds favorite.
*The betting odds under the total are 18-7-1 St.Louis last twenty-six overall.
The St.Louis Cardinals are 7-3 their last ten MLB ATS Picks overall, going over the betting odds total two times and staying under the betting odds total eight. The St.Louis Cardinals will have Right Hander John Lackey, who is (4-3) with a 2.93 ERA on the mound for the first game of the series. The Abilene, Texas native pitched seven innings, giving up ten hits and three runs his last start on June 3rd, a 7-4 home victory over Milwaukee.
*Bovada.Lv has the St.Louis Cardinals at 10/1 to win the 2015 MLB World Series Title.
*St.Louis is 22-8 the last thirty between the teams.
The 2015 Colorado Rockies have dropped two of their last three, including a 3-2 extra inning loss on June 7th to Miami. Colorado is last in the Division, seven games out of first place. Colorado is 11-18 at Coors Field this season.
*Second Baseman DJ LeMahieu has a team-best .335 batting average, a .389 on base percentage and sixty-four hits.
*Third Baseman Nolan Arenado is the leader in home runs, and RBI’S.
*The batting lineup has Sixty-two home runs.
*Starting Pitcher Eddie Butler has three wins and a 4.80 ERA.
*Relief Pitcher John Axford has a staff best ten saves.
*Notable injury: First Baseman Justin Morneau and Left Fielder Corey Dickerson are out with various injuries.
*Colorado hit the road for six games starting on June 11th in Miami.
*The betting odds over the total are 8-3 Colorado last eleven at home.
*Colorado is 6-15 their last twenty-one baseball games on Monday’s.
*The Rockies are 10-4 their last fourteen MLB contests.
The Colorado Rockies are 6-4 their last ten overall. Going over the betting odds total four times and staying under the betting odds total six.
Colorado has not named a starter for Monday’s game.
*The Colorado Rockies are 120/1 to win the 2015 MLB National League title.