5* MLB HIGH ROLLER BLUE CHIP TOP PLAY

5* MLB HIGH ROLLER BLUE CHIP TOP PLAY

Houston vs. St. Louis, 07/09/2013 20:15 EDT, Score: 5 - 9

Point Spread: -1½/-116 St. Louis

Sportsbook: Pinnacle

Result: Win

5* MLB HIGH ROLLER BLUE CHIP TOP PLAY

---St Louis Cardinals -1.5 (-116)---

I'm confident the Cardinals will win tonight by at least 2 runs behind their ace Adam Wainwright, who is 11-5 with a 2.36 ERA and 0.995 WHIP in 18 starts. He's been even more dangerous at home, posting a 1.84 ERA and 0.801 WHIP. Certainly have to like his chances against a struggling Astros club that has lost 8 of their last 10 (7 of the 8 by 2+ runs). Wainwright is 12-1 with a 1.44 ERA in 14 career starts vs Houston (9 wins by 2+). In his most recent start at home against the Astros, he tossed a complete game shutout in a 7-0 Cardinals victory.

Now the key for any run line bet is to get plenty of offense. I believe the Cardinals will be able to provide just that. Housto will send out Bud Norris to make his 19th start of 2013. Norris has a decent 6-7 record with a 3.22 ERA for a team that's 25 games under .500, but he's not been good on the road. His ERA away from home is 5.02 and he's supporting a less than impressive 1.48 WHIP. In his most recent start at St Louis, he allowed 5 runs on 6 hits in just 5 1/3 innings of work. BET THE CARDINALS -1.5!


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