Athletics (33-85) vs. Cardinals (52-66)
The Oakland Athletics vs. St. Louis Cardinals August 14, 2023 – In a match scheduled for Monday, the stage is set for MLB action as the Oakland Athletics, on a road venture, cross paths with the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. Oakland’s recent performance has seen their overall standing drop to 33-85, experiencing defeats in five out of the last six contests. Their struggles continued as they maintained a challenging record of 15-44 when playing away from home, suffering three consecutive losses on the road. Positioned at the bottom of the AL West and ranking last across the league, the Athletics find themselves a significant 42.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves, who lead the league. Despite their valiant efforts, the Athletics struggled to accumulate runs, evident in their discouraging -284 run difference, with only 420 runs scored so far in the season, while allowing a substantial total of 704.
On the opposing front, the St. Louis Cardinals return to their home turf after a brief two-game series, aiming to extend their momentum with a consecutive victory as they kick off the series against the Oakland Athletics on Monday night. The Cardinals have elevated their record to 52-66 overall, including a home record of 25-33, following victories in three out of their last four matchups. Despite their recent successes, they find themselves at the bottom of the NL Central, trailing the first-place Milwaukee Brewers by 12.5 games. With 551 runs scored so far in the season, the Cardinals have struggled to maintain a balanced run difference, standing at -28 due to 579 runs conceded. Their recent triumph over the Kansas City Royals saw outfielder Tommy Edman shine with two homers and three runs, propelling the Cardinals to a 5-4 road victory.
Oakland Athletics vs. St. Louis Cardinals Game lnfo
Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri
When: Monday, August 14, 2023, 7:45 PM ET
Oakland SP JP Sears (2-9, 4.23 ERA) vs. St. Louis SP Miles Mikolas (6-8, 4.20 ERA)
In the upcoming Monday evening clash, the Oakland Athletics’ management entrusted left-hander JP Sears with the responsibility of starting the opening game of a riveting three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. The skilled Southpaw pitcher carries a season record of 2-9, coupled with an ERA of 4.23. He boasts an impressive 1.12 WHIP and has demonstrated his prowess by striking out 117 batters. Throughout his starts, he has allowed 112 hits, granted 29 walks, and surrendered 25 home runs, all across 125.2 innings pitched.
For the much-anticipated series opener against the Oakland Athletics on Monday night, the St. Louis Cardinals’ management selected to call upon the abilities of right-handed pitcher Miles Mikolas. This seasoned starter carries a record of 6-8 for the year and an ERA of 4.20. His performance showcases a commendable WHIP of 1.28, while his strikeout count is an impressive 99. Over the course of the season, Mikolas has allowed 155 hits, issued 26 bases on balls, and permitted 13 home runs, all across a significant 141.1 innings of play.
MLB Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis Cardinals -200, MLB Totals: 8.5
In 10 of the past 14 games and 7 of the last 9 home games for the St. Louis Cardinals, the totals were UNDER. The St. Louis Cardinals are 3-13 SU in their past 16 games against opponents in the American League West Division, and the totals have gone UNDER in 7 of their previous 10 games against American League opponents.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
- The Oakland Athletics are 1-4 in their last 5 games.
- The Athletics are 2-3 in their last 5 contests against the spread.
- Oakland is 26-32 in its road games against the spread.
- The totals went OVER in 1 game of the Oakland Athletics’ last 5 outings.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
- The Cardinals are 3-2 in their last 5 matches.
- St. Louis is 2-3 in their last 5 games against the spread.
- The totals hung OVER in 2 of the Cardinals’ last 5 outings.
- The totals went OVER in 31 of the St. Louis Cardinals’ last 58 home matches.
Oakland Athletics vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
Oakland Athletics vs. St. Louis Cardinals: The St. Louis Cardinals hold a 1-5 record in the last 6 home meetings against the Oakland Athletics. The total went Under 7 of St. Louis’ last 9 home games. Oakland Athletics has 6 consecutive wins against the Cardinals. Oakland’s record is 5-1 in its last 6 road games Against St. Louis. The Athletics have a 0-7 record in its last 7 road games; The total went Over in 9 of Oakland’s last 12 National League rivalry matches.
Both starting pitchers faced challenges in their recent outings. Oakland’s JP Sears conceded 4 earned runs in a 1-6 home loss to Texas. Miles Mikolas of the Cardinals allowed 2 earned runs in a 2-4 road loss to Tampa Bay. However, Mikolas enjoys the home advantage as he takes the mound for St. Louis on Monday, adding an edge to their efforts for victory.
At the conclusion of 118 games played, Oakland lags behind, ranking 30th in OPS and Runs scored, while St. Louis demonstrated a stronger performance with a 6th place ranking in OPS and 11th in Runs Scored throughout the season. Anticipate the Cardinals to assert their dominance in this home matchup on Monday
Free Pick and Prediction: The Cardinals will win 7-4.