The St. Louis Cardinals are down two key players in their series against the Toronto Blue Jays, as sluggers Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt are unable to play due to their decision to remain unvaccinated against COVID-19.
This is going to be a tough task for the rest of the Cardinals, as the Jays have won six straight games and eight of their last 10. St. Louis is currently two games out of the NL Central lead.
Andre Pallante (3-4, 3.34 ERA) will get the ball for St. Louis against Toronto’s Jose Berrios (7-4, 5.22 ERA).
While Berrios has struggled this year, the Jays are major favorites in this game at WynnBET Sportsbook:
Cardinals vs. Blue Jays Odds, Run Line and Total
- Cardinals: +1.5 (-105)
- Blue Jays: -1.5 (-115)
- Cardinals: +185
- Blue Jays: -205
- 9 (Over +105/Under -125)
Cardinals vs. Blue Jays Prediction and Pick
We obviously have to factor in for the Cardinals missing arguably their two best hitters in this matchup, and that may be enough for me to back Berrios and the Jays.
Berrios has really improved in July, posting a 3.09 ERA in four starts and allowing three or fewer runs in each outing. He has been volatile this season, allowing 20 homers in 19 starts, but it’s possible he is starting to turn a corner at this point in the season.
Pallante hasn’t been great as of late, allowing 25 hits and 13 runs over his last three starts (14.1 innings pitched).
That’s going to be a problem against a Blue Jays offense that is No. 1 in runs scored and OPS over the last 15 days. I’ll back Toronto to handle a shorthanded Cards team on Tuesday.
Lean: Blue Jays -1.5 (-115)
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