The St. Louis Cardinals are on the road at the Baltimore Orioles for the first of a three-game series on Monday.
The Baltimore Orioles come into the game in first place in the American League East. The Orioles are 90-52 on the season and would need to finish 10-10 to reach 100 wins this season. The Orioles are 42-26 at home this season and have won seven out of their last ten games.
For the Cardinals, they are 63-80 on the season and in last place in the National League Central. The Cardinals are 32-40 when playing on the road. The Baltimore Orioles are -162 in this game over the Cardinals.
Cardinals Send Hudson to the Hill
St. Louis will go with Dakota Hudson in this game. The 28-year-old is 6-1 on the season, with a 4.43 earned run average. The right-hander from Tennessee has just 35 strikeouts this season in 61 innings. In his last start, Hudson went five innings, allowing seven hits and five runs against the Braves.
The Cardinals won the first two games on the road at the Reds but could not get the sweep on Sunday. St. Louis could not hit Hunter Greene and allowed a home run to Joey Votto on his 40th birthday.
The Cardinals offense has several guys that can hit the baseball all over the park. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .273, Nolan Gorman has 27 home runs, and Nolan Arenado needs 12 runs batted in for 100 on the season.
St. Louis plays three in Baltimore before coming home and hosting the Phillies and Brewers for seven games before heading to San Diego and Milwaukee for seven. The Cardinals and Reds will meet to finish the season in St. Louis.
Orioles Looking to Move Step Closer
The Baltimore Orioles took over the American League East Division in the early part of the summer and have not looked back. Baltimore now will look to move a step closer to a divisional title for a win here. The Orioles have the best record in the American League and would be the top seed in the American League if the postseason started today.
Baltimore is sending Dean Kremer to the mound. The 27-year-old is 12-5 on the season with a 4.07 earned run average. Kremer has struck out 139 batters in 154.2 innings this season. In his last game, he went 4.2 innings, allowing four hits but no runs in a game the Orioles won on the road at the Angels.
The Orioles had their seven-game winning streak snapped on Sunday. In the previous three games for Baltimore, they scored 34 runs. Baltimore is led by Austin Hays, with his .284 batting average, and Anthony Santander, with 27 home runs and 83 batted in. The Orioles are 8th in team batting with a .259 average.
St. Louis Stuns Baltimore
The St. Louis Cardinals are good enough to slow down opposing offenses. The bats for the Cardinals can also get to pitchers. Look for the Cardinals to pull an upset and win this game. Dakota Hudson throws well and beats Baltimore.
When you go to bet on this game on Monday night, take the St. Louis Cardinals +136 over the Baltimore Orioles.
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