Phillies vs Cardinals Prediction - MLB Picks 9/17/23

St. Louis Cardinals (65-82) vs Philadelphia Phillies (80-67)

Game Info: Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 2:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

Dakota Hudson (6-2) (5.10) vs Taijuan Walker (15-5) (4.36)

Betting Odds: St. Louis Cardinals +112 / Philadelphia Phillies -122 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals face off on Sunday in an MLB showdown at Busch Stadium. The Phillies have won the first two games of this series. 

Walker Needs to Bounce Back

On the mound for the Phillies will be Taijuan Walker and he needs to be good here. Coming into this game he sits with a 15-5 record and an ERA of 4.30. In his last start against the Phillies he went 5.1 innings giving up six hits and six runs. If the Phillies want to win this game, Walker can’t have a start like he did in the last game. The Phillies are averaging 4.89 runs while their pitching is giving up 4.43 runs per game. The offense is ranked 9th while the pitching is ranked 14th. 

Cardinals Offense has Been inconsistent

The Cardinals offense has been inconsistent heading ininto this game and they are going to need to find a way to get the offense going here. In the first game of this series the Phillies offense only scored four runs. The Cardinals are averaging 4.56 runs while their pitching is giving up 5.06 runs per game. The offense is ranked 16th in the league while the pitching is ranked 24th. On the mound for the Cardinals will be Dakota Hudson who sits with  6-2 record and an ERA of 5.10.

Shane’s Free Pick

This game is going to be higher scoring. The Phillies are going to have no issue teeing off here on Hudson. I also don’t trust Walker who really struggled in his last start and he’s going to have some major issues in this game. Both of these starting pitchers are going to give up at least four runs by themselves, and this game is going to have no issue going over the total.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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