MLB Predictions: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Toronto Blue Jays

The St. Louis Cardinals (31-31) and Toronto Blue Jays (38-24) will continue a MLB interleague series Saturday afternoon at the Rogers Centre, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:07 p.m. ET

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays are 20-4 in their last 24 games
The Toronto Blue Jays are 20-4 in their last 24 games

St. Louis has dropped eight of its last 10 games, including a 3-1 setback to Toronto as +142 road underdogs Friday night, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.  The Cardinals used Yadier Molina as a designated hitter for the first time this season, but he’ll likely be back behind the plate in this affair.  St. Louis is 11-11 in day games during the 2014 campaign, with the UNDER going 11-10-1 in that situation.

Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller (6-5, 4.06 ERA) has been handed three consecutive losses, including a 6-0 home defeat to the Kansas City Royals last time out, as he allowed four runs and seven hits over seven frames.  The right-hander is 3-2 with a 3.94 ERA in six road appearances—serving up six home runs in 32 combined innings.    Miller has compiled a 2-4 record and 6.62 ERA in seven career interleague efforts.

Toronto has won six games in a row, with no clear edge in terms of the betting total (3-3 Over/Under).  The Blue Jays have hit 39 home runs during their current 20-4 run, which has led directly to leading the American League East standings.  Outfielder Jose Bautista has been leading the chart—going 19 for 44 at the plate during a 12-game hit streak.  Toronto is 14-11 as home favorites of -150 to -175 dating back to the 2012 season.

Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle (10-1, 2.10 ERA) has led the club to seven consecutive wins, including a 4-0 home victory over the Kansas City Royals in his last trip to the mound.  The left-hander is 5-1 with a 2.82 ERA in six home appearances, which is a bit surprising due to opposing hitters batting .293 against him.  Buehrle has put together a 3-1 record and 2.37 ERA in five interleague outings since joining the franchise prior to last season.

Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the UNDER is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in this series.

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