Thursday MLB Betting Preview

Adam Wainwright goes after his 11th win of the season tonight when he leads the St. Louis Cardinals against Brandon Morrow and the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Cardinals will be looking to complete the sweep tonight after taking the first two games of the series. Last night Chris Carpenter outdueled Ricky Romero in a 1-0 Cardinals victory.

Matt Holliday drove in the lone run, and in his last five games he is 13-22 with five homers and 11 RBI. Wainwright (10-4, 2.23) has been dominating hitters lately with a 4-1 record in his last five starts.

Last time out against Oakland he held the A's to one unearned run on five hits over eight innings. The only bright spot about facing Wainwright for the Jays tonight is that they get to face him at home in Toronto. All four of Wainwright's losses this season have come on the road, where his ERA is 2.78 compared to 1.67 at home.

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Morrow (4-5, 4.97) hasn't allowed more than two runs in his last four starts, but he's had some run support and bullpen problems and is only 1-1 in those games. In his last start he allowed two runs on five hits in six innings against San Francisco but had to settle for a no-decision. The Cardinals are -140 favorites in the game, while the total has been set low at 7.5.

I'll stick with a total bet to be safe and take the UNDER at Bovada.

Also on tap today is an interleague rivalry matchup between the Dodgers and Angels, and a battle of second place teams between the Tigers and the Mets. The Angels took the first two against the Dodgers after winning 2-1 last night. Joel Pineiro limited the Dodgers to one run over 7 1-3 innings and Brian Fuentes picked up the save despite another shaky ninth.

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For some reason the Dodgers are letting knuckleballer Charlie Haeger (0-4, 8.53) start tonight. He's just off the DL with an injured toe and hasn't pitched since June 5 when he allowed two runs in two innings out of the bullpen against Atlanta. In his last start he didn't record a single out while allowing five runs before being lifted in the first inning against the Rockies.

Getting the start for the Angels will be Scott Kazmir (7-5, 5.08). After a mediocre start to the season Kazmir has turned it on in June with a 4-0 record and a 2.35 ERA in four starts. Last time out against the Cubs he allowed two runs on five hits in six innings to notch the win.

The Angels are a -150 favorite at Bovada, and judging by how bad Haeger has been this year they should win easily tonight as long as their bullpen doesn't implode late.

The Tigers and Mets conclude their three-game series tonight at Citi Field. The Mets are also looking for a sweep after crushing Detroit 14-6 in the series opener and winning last night 5-0 behind eight shutout innings from R.A Dickey. Jose Reyes was a double away from the cycle and in the series he is 6-10 with six runs scored. Getting the call tonight for the Tigers is Armando Galarraga (2-1, 3.32), while the Mets give the ball to Hisanori Takahashi (6-2, 3.13).

Since just missing out on a perfect game Galarraga has pitched three no-decisions while posting a 4.24 ERA. In his last start against Arizona he lasted 4 1-3 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits. Takahashi has been killer for the Mets during interleague play this season. In three starts against the AL he is 2-0 with a tiny 0.47 ERA. He last faced the Yankees and tossed six shutout innings against the Bronx Bombers.

The Mets look good to complete the sweep as -120 favorites with Takahashi ready to maintain his dominance versus AL opponents.

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