Boston Red Sox vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction MLB Picks 5/18/24

St. Louis Cardinals (18-25) vs Boston Red Sox (22-22)

Game Info: Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 7:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

Miles Mikolas (3-5) (6.19) vs Kutter Crawford (2-2) (2.24)

Betting Odds: St. Louis Cardinals -113 / Boston Red Sox +103 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals meet Saturday in MLB action from Busch Stadium. Here’s a Boston Red Sox vs St. Louis Cardinals prediction. This will be the second installment in a three-game series. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for the game. We will examine:

• The Boston Red Sox recent form and player performance

• The St. Louis Cardinals recent form and player performance

• Recent betting trends and streaks involving the Boston Red Sox

• Recent betting trends and streaks involving the St. Louis Cardinals

• Recent betting trends in games played between the Red Sox and Cardinals

• A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for the Red Sox vs Cardinals game

Boston Red Sox Betting Preview

This week the Red Sox played four games versus the rival Tampa Bay Rays. Boston managed a 5-4 win in game two of that set, but otherwise fell 5-3, 4-3 and 7-5 to lose the series. On Friday versus the Cards, Boston took a 10-6 loss. Brayan Bello lasted 4.2 innings in the start with five earned on seven hits.

In the starting pitcher slot for the Saturday game, the Sox will go with Kutter Crawford. This year Crawford is 2-2 with a 2.24 ERA in nine starts. He’s got 52 Ks in 52.1 innings. Crawford is 11-17 with a 4.24 career ERE in 62 games (45 starts).

St. Louis Cardinals Betting Preview

Over on the Cardinals’ side, they took on the Los Angeles Angels in their early-week set. St. Louis got a pair of much-needed wins in the first tow games 10-5 and 7-6 before a 7-2 Wednesday loss. On Friday the Cardinals got 6.0 innings, five earned, eight hits and three walks from starter Kyle Gibson.

It’ll be Miles Mikolas in the starting pitcher role for the Cardinals on Saturday. So far this season over his nine starts Mikolas is 3-5 with a 6.19 ERA and 35 Ks in 48.0 total frames. Mikolas is 57-58 with a 4.04 ERA in 187 career games (159 starts).

Red Sox vs Cardinals Injury Notes

Cardinals RP Riley O’Brien (forearm) has been playing long toss this week. SS Tommy Edman (wrist) has been participating in soft toss during his rehab.

Total Runs Facts

  • Each of the Cardinals' last six night games after playing the previous day have gone OVER the total runs line.
  • Eight of the Red Sox's last nine games as favorites have gone UNDER the total runs line.
  • The 'Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Red Sox's last five games at Busch Stadium.
  • The 'Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Cardinals' last five night games at Busch Stadium.

St. Louis Cardinals Player Prop Facts

  • Miles Mikolas has recorded five or more strikeouts in six of his last seven appearances with his team as an underdog against AL opponents.
  • Miles Mikolas has recorded a win in three of his last four appearances with the Cardinals as underdogs.
  • Nolan Arenado has hit a home run in four of the Cardinals' last five games as underdogs against the Red Sox.
  • Willson Contreras has recorded at least one total base in each of his last 11 appearances with his team as an underdog against AL East opponents.
  • Nolan Arenado has recorded at least one RBI in each of the Cardinals' last four games against the Red Sox.
  • Willson Contreras has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 11 appearances with his team as an underdog against AL East opponents.
  • Nolan Arenado has recorded a Double in each of his last three appearances with his team as a home underdog against the Red Sox.
  • Tommy Edman has recorded at least one Single in each of his last seven home appearances against AL East opponents.
  • Willson Contreras has scored at least one run in each of his last seven home appearances.

Boston Red Sox Player Prop Facts

  • Rafael Devers has recorded at least one RBI in each of the Red Sox's last eight night games against NL Central opponents that held a losing record.
  • Rafael Devers has scored at least one run in each of his last six road appearances against NL Central opponents.
  • Rafael Devers has recorded two or more total bases in each of the Red Sox's last 10 night games against NL Central opponents that held a losing record.
  • Connor Wong has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 14 appearances in night games.
  • Triston Casas has hit a home run in four of his last five appearances against NL Central opponents.
  • Dominic Smith has recorded at least one Double in each of his last three appearances against NL Central opponents at Busch Stadium.
  • Connor Wong has recorded at least one Single in each of his last 14 appearances in night games.

Boston Red Sox vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction

I’ll go with the Red Sox here. Crawford needs a good bounce-back after a spotty loss versus the Rays in his last outing, though. He gave up four earned in 6.0 innings in that one. Prior to that however, Crawford had surrendered four earned over 13.0 innings. As for Mikolas, he’s given up 12 earned runs over his last 16.0 innings over three starts, going 1-2 in that trio.

On Friday the Sox had 12 team hits but also coughed up 14 on the other side. Boston should be able to rebound if all goes well. I’m probably not going to touch this one, however.

Andrew’s Pick Boston Red Sox +103

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