St. Louis Cardinals vs Houston Astros Prediction MLB Picks 6/5/24

Houston Astros (27-34) vs St. Louis Cardinals (28-30)

Game Info: Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at 2:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Ronel Blanco (5-1) (2.44) vs Miles Mikolas (3-6) (5.54)

Betting Odds: Houston Astros -161 / St. Louis Cardinals +137 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Astros meet Wednesday in MLB action from Minute Maid Park. Here’s a St. Louis Cardinals vs Houston Astros prediction. This will be the final 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 St. Louis Cardinals recent form and player performance

• The Houston Astros recent form and player performance

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

• Recent betting trends and streaks involving the Houston Astros

• Recent betting trends in games played between the Cardinals and Astros

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

St. Louis Cardinals Betting Preview

The Cardinals played the Philadelphia Phillies in their weekend series. St. Louis lost the first two installments of that set 4-2 and 6-1 before a 5-4 Sunday win. Following a 7-4 loss to the Astros on Monday, in game two the Cards took an 8-5 loss. Andre Palate went just 3.0 innings in the start with six earned on six hits and three walks.

In the starter slot for the Wednesday finale the Cardinals will send out Miles Mikolas. This year Mikolas is 3-6 with a 5.54 ERA in 12 starts. He’s got 50 Ks in 65.0 innings. Mikolas is 57-59 with a 4.04 ERA in 190 games (162 starts) over his career.

Houston Astros Betting Preview

Over on the Astros’ side, they took on the Minnesota Twins in their last set. Houston won 5-2 in the Saturday matchup but otherwise lost 6-1 Friday and 4-3 Sunday to drop the series. On Tuesday the Astros were out-hit 11-10 in the win. Starter Spencer Arrighetti put up 3.0 innings with one earned run on three hits and three walks.

It’ll be Ronel Blanco in the starter slot for the Astros on Wednesday. So far this year Blanco is 5-1 with a 2.44 ERA in 10 starts with 57 Ks in 59.0 innings. Blanco is 7-2 with a 3.61 career ERA in 34 games (17 starts).

Cardinals vs Astros Injury Notes

Cardinals SP Steven Matz (back) may begin a minor-league rehab assignment this week.

Astros RF Kyle Tucker’s X-rays came back negative. RP Forrest Whitley (elbow) has resumed a throwing program. SP JP France (shoulder) has yet to resume his throwing program. SP Jose Urquidy (forearm) may need another Tommy John surgery; he’ll see a specialist this week.

Total Runs Facts

  • Each of the Cardinals' last six road games against AL West opponents have gone OVER the total runs line.
  • Seven of the Astros' last eight day games against National League opponents have gone UNDER the total runs line.
  • The 'Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Astros' last five day games against NL Central opponents.
  • The 'Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Cardinals' last four road games.

Houston Astros Player Prop Facts

  • Victor Caratini has hit a home run in each of his last two appearances after playing the previous day.
  • Jeremy Pena has recorded a Double in three of the Astros' last four games at Minute Maid Park against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Chas McCormick has scored at least one run in each of his last seven Wednesday day appearances with the Astros as favorites.
  • Yordan Alvarez has recorded at least one RBI in each of the Astros' last five games at Minute Maid Park against NL opponents that held a losing record.
  • Jose Abreu has recorded at least one total base in each of his last 10 Wednesday appearances against teams that held a losing record.
  • Jose Abreu has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 10 Wednesday appearances against teams that held a losing record.
  • Kyle Tucker has recorded at least one Single in each of his last six appearances against NL Central opponents that held a losing record.

St. Louis Cardinals Player Prop Facts

  • Alec Burleson has hit a home run in each of the Cardinals' last three games as road underdogs.
  • Alec Burleson has recorded at least one RBI in each of the Cardinals' last four games as road underdogs against AL opponents.
  • Miles Mikolas has recorded four or more strikeouts in each of his last eight appearances with his team as an underdog against AL opponents.
  • Alec Burleson has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 11 appearances with the Cardinals as underdogs against AL opponents.
  • Willson Contreras has scored at least one run in each of his last six appearances.
  • Brandon Crawford has recorded at least one Single in each of his last six appearances at Minute Maid Park.
  • Brandon Crawford has recorded at least one total base in each of his eight previous appearances with his team as an underdog against the Astros.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Houston Astros rank 2nd in the league for batting average this season (.259).
  • The Houston Astros rank 3rd in the league for home runs this season (78).
  • The St. Louis Cardinals rank 6th in the league for walks allowed this season (172).
  • The St. Louis Cardinals rank T24th in the league for triples this season (6).

St. Louis Cardinals vs Houston Astros Prediction

I’ll stick with the Astros. Blanco does need to shake off a spotty start versus the Twins his last time up, though. In that one Blanco put up four earned in 4.2 innings for a loss. Prior to that he had just one earned in 7.0 frames versus the A’s, though. As for Mikolas, he’s given up six earned over his last 12.0 innings.

On Tuesday the Astros scored six runs in the first three innings and were able to hold on. Houston did give up three homers though, so they’ve got to keep the ball in the park Wednesday. That said, I like the Astros to finish off with a win.

Andrew’s Pick Houston Astros -161

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