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
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.