MLB Picks: Houston Astros vs. St. Louis Cardinals Odds: August 2nd 2010
The Astros are playing some of their best baseball right now; they have won five straight games and six of their last seven games overall. Tonight they head to St. Louis to begin a series with the Cardinals. The Astros are 4-2 so far in St. Louis and will send their new ace pitcher Brett Myers to the hill. The righty will be pitching after getting a contract extension from the Astros thru 2012. The deal is worth $29.5 million and it includes a team option for 2013. In three starts against St. Louis this season, Myers is 2-1 with a 1.71 ERA. He has given up just five runs over 21 innings pitched against the Redbirds. Yadier Molina (5-23), Randy Winn (2-11), Jason LaRue (2-8), Colby Rasmus (0-8), Brendan Ryan (0-4), and Nick Stavinoha (1-4) have poor numbers against Myers.
Jake Westbrook makes his first start for the Cardinals. He’s 6-7 with a 4.65 ERA in 21 starts this season. Carlos Lee is the only Houston hitter to have faced him, and he is 12 for 30 against Westbrook. Westbrook went 1-1 in four interleague starts this season. He gave up 15 runs over 24.1 innings pitched against the Reds, Phillies, Nationals, and Mets. Houston is hitting nearly .270 over their last eight games, and they also moved to 28-20 against the rest of the N.L. Central. We expect a close game in St. Louis so we’ll recommend taking Houston on the run line in this game tonight.