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August 16, 2017

There is one pick today.

Take St. Louis Cardinals (+143) on the ML against Boston Red Sox risking 3% to win 4.29%.
(Lynn and Rodriguez must start for wager to have action)

The St. Louis Cardinals will look to even the score tonight as the wrap up a short 2-game series with the Boston Red Sox and will have a great chance to do just that as they send Lance Lynn to the mound to pitch opposite Eduardo Rodriguez.

Lance Lynn has had a fabulous season and to date has been the Cardinals' most reliable starter. Lynn is 10-6 on the season with a very respectable 3.12 ERA on the year. Over his last 3 starts, he has been especially impressive, going 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA. This will be Lynn's fourth appearance against the Red Sox and second this season. He has pitched well against them in his career, logging a 2.89 ERA in 19 career innings. Back in May, he pitched well, going 6 innings, giving up 4 runs (2 earned) while striking out 4. He did give up 2 homeruns in that contest, which has been rare for the veteran this season and something we don't expect to happen again. Other than those two mistakes, Lynn held the Red Sox bats to just a collective .136 average for the game.

The Red Sox will counter with southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez has had some impressive outings himself recently, logging a 3.37 ERA over his last 16 innings, although they haven't translated into wins. Rodriguez has only made one career start against the Cardinals and it was earlier this season where he went 6 innings, giving up 5 hits and 3 earned runs. Now that the Cardinals have some familiarity with him, we wouldn't be surprised if the St. Louis offense had a much more productive night tonight.

While a lot of the focus has been on how well the Red Sox have been doing lately, the Cardinals should not be overlooked. Just a few weeks ago, this team looked dead in the water, but since then they have gone 8-2 over their last 10 games and currently sit 1.5 games back of the Cubs for the NL Central lead and five games back of the Diamondbacks for the final NL wildcard spot. They are still right in the mix of contending for a playoff berth, however, they will need to win games such as this in order to keep pace. The Cardinals have been hitting left handed pitchers hard recently as they are 8-2 in their last 10 against southpaws. The Red Sox may have won the first game of the series, but the Cardinals have the advantage in this one. This may be close, but the Cardinals find a way to even up the series tonight.

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