Last Updated Oct 08, 2022, 7:41 PM

Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals Game 2 Picks, Predictions, Odds

The Philadelphia Phillies (87-75) will take on the St. Louis Cardinals (93-69) Saturday in game two of this Wild Card series. First pitch is scheduled for 8:37 PM ET at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri and can be viewed on ESPN2.  

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at ST. LOUIS CARDINALS BETTING PREDICTION

The Phillies were down 2-0 headed into the bottom of the ninth inning in Friday’s game but were able to get hot at the right time and put up six runs. The offense had just two hits and zero runs through the first eight innings of the game but ended the game with five hits and six runs thanks to a couple of key walks. Starting pitcher Zack Wheeler had a great outing, giving up two hits and zero runs in 6.1 innings of work. This was a solid outing for a Phillies team that had allowed 13 runs combined in their last two games prior to this series. The right-hander Aaron Nola (11-13, 3.25 ERA) is scheduled to start for Philadelphia Saturday.  

The Cardinals failed to secure a key game one Friday and now must win two straight to advance. Designated hitter Juan Yepez hit a huge two run home run in the bottom of the seventh to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead, but the bullpen blew it in the top of the ninth, giving up six runs to the Phillies. Starting pitcher Jose Quintana had a solid outing, allowing two hits and zero runs in 5.1 innings. The rest of the bullpen struggled, allowing three hits and six runs. The offense had five hits on the day, but the only runs came from Yepez’s home run. Right-handed pitcher Miles Mikolas (12-13, 3.29 ERA) is expected to take the mound Saturday.  

I like St. Louis to take game-two of this series. The Cardinals have seen too much success at home this season to lose back-to-back here. I would lean towards the under after seeing today's game but will stay away from the total in this one. Backing St. Louis moneyline. 

Score Prediction: Cardinals 4, Phillies 3 
Best Bet: Cardinals ML (-105)

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at ST. LOUIS CARDINALS BETTING ODDS

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at ST. LOUIS CARDINALS BETTING RESOURCES

  • Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022
  • Matchup: NL East vs. NL Central
  • Venue: Busch Stadium
  • Location: St. Louis, Missouri
  • Time-TV: 8:00 p.m. ET – ESPN2
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PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES BETTING ANALYSIS

After winning game one the Phillies enter this matchup 88-75 SU and 82-81 ATS. The total has gone over in five of Philadelphia’s last seven games. Going against that trend, the total has gone under in eight of their last 10 games when playing on the road against St. Louis. The Phillies are 5-10 SU in their last 15 road games and 4-2 SU in their last six games against St. Louis.  

The Phillies offense has been rolling throughout the season. As a team they have a batting average of .253 (8th), on base percentage of .317 (11th), slugging percentage of .422 (6th) and have scored 747 total runs (7th). Designated hitter Bryce Harper could not get much going Friday but has been great this season with a batting average of .286 (106-370), 18 home runs, and 65 RBIs. Third baseman Alex Bohm has been solid as well with a batting average of .315 (164-586), 13 home runs, and 72 RBIs.  

Philadelphia’s bullpen pitched well for the most part Friday. On the season they are allowing opponents a batting average of .245 (16th), have a WHIP of 1.26 (14th), and a team ERA of 3.97 (18th). Right-handed pitcher Nola is scheduled to start Friday. Nola is 11-13 SU this season with an ERA of 3.25 and has given up 168 hits, 74 earned runs, and struck out 235 batters in 205.0 inning of work. In his one outing against St. Louis this season, Nola gave up seven hits and five runs in 7.0 innings.  

The Cardinals gave up six 9th inning runs to drop Game 1. (Getty)

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS BETTING ANALYSIS

St. Louis is 93-70 SU and 87-76 ATS after Friday’s loss. The total has gone over in five of the Cardinals last six games. Going against this trend, the total has gone under in five of their last six games against the Phillies and eight of their last 10 home games against the Phillies. St. Louis is 13-7 SU in their last 20 home games. 

The Cardinals offense could not get things going on Friday but have been solid on the season. As a team they have a batting average of .252 (10th), on base percentage of .325 (4th), slugging percentage of .420 (7th) and have scored 772 runs (5th). Designated hitter Yepez had a big two run shot Friday and has hit the ball well on the season with a batting average of .253 (64-253), 12 home runs, and 30 RBI’s. Third baseman Nolan Arenado has been a big part of the offense with a batting average of .293 (163-557), 30 home runs, and 103 RBI’s.  

St. Louis’s bullpen dropped the ball Friday but haven’t let the happen much this season. As a team they are allowing opponents a batting average of .247 (17th), have a WHIP of 1.27 (16th), and team ERA of 3.79 (10th). The right-hander Mikolas is expected to take the mound Saturday. Mikolas is 12-13 this season with a 3.29 ERA and has given up 170 hits, 74 earned runs, and struck out 153 batters in 202.1 innings of work. In his one outing against the Phillies, Mikolas gave up six hits and four runs in 5.1 innings.  

KEY PLAYERS

  • PHI: Rhys Hoskins - 1B (Last Game: 0-5)
  • PHI: Bryce Harper - DH (Last Game 0-3, R, BB)
  • STL: Paul Goldschmidt - 1B (Last Game: 0-3)
  • STL: Nolan Arenado - 3B (Last Game: 1-4, R)

PROBABLE PITCHERS

  • PHI: Aaron Nola - RHP (-)
  • STL: Miles Mikolas - RHP (-)
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