Cardinals open as moneyline underdog vs Athletics
St. Louis Cardinals vs Oakland Athletics Odds
The St. Louis Cardinals will look to grab an inter-league road victory when they take on the Athletics in Oakland at O.co Coliseum on Friday in baseball action.
The Athletics will rely on Bartolo Colon to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Shelby Miller will be his counterpart for the Cardinals. Bartolo Colon is 10-2 this season, and Shelby Miller is 8-5.
Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Cardinals listed as underdogs of +-112 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 7.5, check for updates at 5Dimes.
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 8-ranked Athletics and the National League No. 1-rated Cardinals in this matchup.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Oakland's No. 4-rated American League offense, averaging 4.7 runs per game, against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 3 in the National League at 3.5 in runs allowed per game. The Athletics have averaged 8.6 hits per game so far, less than Cardinals batters have averaged on the year (9.5 hits per game).
Defensively, St. Louis features the National League's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.6 runs per game. Oakland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 10 in the American League at home, scoring 4.4 runs per game.
St. Louis lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Astros on June 26. Bettors who backed the Astros at +164 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Cardinals were saddled with a loss last time out in Lance Lynn's start, as they lost 4-3 against Houston on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park.
The Athletics were a 5-0 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Reds. That made winners of bettors who got Oakland at -120 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors. A.J. Griffin silenced the Reds bats in a 5-0 victory last time out versus Cincinnati at O.co Coliseum.
St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Oakland are 6-3
After playing Houston are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3
Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing St. Louis are 3-6
After playing Cincinnati are 6-4
After a win are 5-5
A few Cardinals at Athletics trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games on the road
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of St. Louis' last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis' last 7 games when playing Oakland
Oakland is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Oakland's last 17 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 7 games when playing St. Louis
St. Louis at Oakland, Saturday, June 29