Free Pick Breakdown, Odds & Prediction: Mets vs. Cardinals (8/17/23) - Taking Vegas



Free Pick Breakdown, Odds & Prediction: Mets vs. Cardinals (8/17/23)

By TakingVegas Staff Writer
August 17, 2023
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The New York Mets have been brutal as they are fourth in the NL East with a 55-66 record. Veteran southpaw Jose Quintana takes the mound and lost against the Atlanta Braves where he pitched six innings and gave up one run on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

The St. Louis Cardinals have been very disappointing this year as they are currently last in the NL Central with a 54-67 record. Veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright will be on the mound in this game and is coming off a loss against the Kansas City Royals where he threw one inning and allowed eight runs on nine hits without a walk or a strikeout. 

Match Details

Fixture: New York Mets vs St. Louis Cardinals

Date & Time: Thursday, August 17, 7:15 p.m. EDT

Venue Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO

Mets vs Cardinals Betting Odds

TeamSpread MoneylineTotal
New York Mets-1.5 (+114)-135Over 10 (-118)
St Louis Cardinals+1.5 (-135)+114Under 10 (-102)

Odds Subject to Change**

Mets vs Cardinals Key Stats

New York Mets

The New York Mets have been one of the worst teams offensively as they are 20th in MLB while scoring 4.35 runs per game and a .718 team OPS. They have been playing at an average level throughout the season on the road as they are 16th with a .719 team OPS while averaging 4.5 runs in their 62 road games. First baseman Pete Alonso has been their best hitter as he has a .222/.322/.522 slash line with 36 homers, 89 RBIs, 67 runs scored and four stolen bases while being caught once.

Jose Quintana has been pitching well since making his return to the mound as he is 0-4 with a 3.03 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP while throwing 29.2 innings in five starts. He has not allowed a single home run this season. He faced the Cardinals once last season as a member of the Pirates before being traded to St. Louis at the Trade Deadline. He lost the start by going just 3.2 innings and allowed five runs (two earned) on seven hits with a walk and four strikeouts. 

St. Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals have been one of the top teams at the plate as they are fifth in the majors with a .769 team OPS while averaging 4.66 runs per game. They have done poorly at home as in their 61 games thus far, they have posted a .269/.340/.443 team slash line while scoring 4.9 runs per game at Busch Stadium. Third baseman Nolan Arenado has been doing incredibly well as he has a .844 OPS with 25 home runs, 84 RBIs, 57 runs scored and two steals on five attempts. 

Adam Wainwright has been absolutely terrible this season as he is 3-7 with an 8.78 ERA and a 2.09 WHIP in 66.2 innings of work. His pitching has looked like batting practice as hitters have a .375 batting average against him so far this year. Wainwright faced the Mets back on June 17 and won as he gave up three runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work.  

Mets vs. Cardinals Prediction

Fading Adam Wainwright seems to be extremely beneficial for our bankroll and he is one of the worst pitchers this season. Wainwright is 0-6 with a 14.87 ERA in his last seven starts while Jose Quintana has looked solid in his five starts so far. Go with the Mets to take advantage here and score enough to cover the run line on the road here. 

Betting Prediction: New York Mets -1.5 (+114)