Stephen Nover's MLB Game of Week - 70% Run!
St. Louis vs. Oakland,
08/03/2019 21:07 EDT,
Score: 3 - 8
Money Line: -134 Oakland
Mike Fiers may be the most underrated pitcher in the American League especially when he pitches at home where he is 6-2 with a 2.61 ERA. Fiers hasn't given up more than three earned runs in a game during his last 17 starts. Only Gerrit Cole has had a lower ERA in the American League since April 26 than Fiers.
The Cardinals are playing well. However, the Oakland Coliseum is a tough place for visitors especially those who don't play there very often. Better teams than the Cardinals have gotten tripped up playing in the spacious and weird configurations of Oakland Coliseum. It's not a fluke the A's have won 11 of their last 15 home interleague games.
St. Louis also is without three of its key players as Yadier Molina, Marcell Ozuna and Matt Carpenter are all injured.
The Cardinals need a strong starting pitcher here and I don't see Dakota Hudson fitting that profile. He is bottom-of-the-rotation quality with a 4.63 ERA in his last seven starts.