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St Louis Cardinals vs Houston Astros Picks, Predictions & Best Player Props to Bet on June 5

Adam Spencer

by Adam Spencer in MLB Baseball

Updated Jun 5, 2024 · 7:53 AM PDT

Jun 3, 2024; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez (44) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
  • The St Louis Cardinals (28-31) look to avoid a 3-game sweep at the hands of the Houston Astros (28-34) on Wednesday afternoon in Houston.
  • Miles Mikolas (3-6, 5.54 ERA) gets the start for the Redbirds, while Ronel Blanco (5-1, 2.44 ERA) will take the hill for Houston.
  • Check out our top picks for the Wednesday afternoon showcase below.

The Houston Astros have dominated their former NL Central rivals this week, winning the first 2 games of the 3-game series 7-4 and 8-5. Can the Astros finish off the 3-game sweep this afternoon in Houston? First pitch is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. ET and the matchup can be seen on the MLB Network.

St Louis Cardinals vs Houston Astros Picks

  • Astros -1.5 (+125)
  • Yordan Alvarez over 1.5 total bases (-115)

The Astros have won each of the first 2 games of this series by 3 runs. Yordan Alvarez has been a big part of that success. In the first game on Monday, he had a home run and a double (that’s 6 total bases for those keeping track at home). He followed that up with a pair of singles on Tuesday night. He’s red-hot right now and Miles Mikolas doesn’t seem to be a good bet to slow him down. Yes, I’d like a little bit better odds than -115 for Alvarez to post 2+ bases today, but I’ll take what I can get.

Meanwhile, Ronel Blanco should once again be at his best against a Cardinals lineup that has been frustratingly bad this year. No one on the Cardinals’ roster has ever faced Blanco, which should work to his advantage. Expect St Louis to struggle offensively while Alvarez and the Astros power their way to another big win.

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St Louis Cardinals vs Houston Astros Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
St Louis Cardinals +1.5 (-150) +140 O 8.5 (-115)
Houston Astros -1.5 (+125) -165 U 8.5 (-105)

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The Cardinals are a +140 moneyline bet to win today’s game, while the Astros sport -165 odds. If you think the Cardinals can manage to avoid a third-straight multi-run loss to Houston, you can get -150 odds on that. If you think the Astros roll to another big win, like I do, the odds are +125. The run total is set at over/under 8.5, with -115 for the over and -105 for the under.

St Louis Cardinals vs Houston Astros Starting Pitchers

Miles Mikolas VS Ronel Blanco
3-6 Record 5-1
5.54 ERA 2.44
18.2% SO% 24.3%

Ronel Blanco threw a no-hitter earlier this year, and has been pretty steady ever since. There was a suspension in there that cost him a couple of weeks, and he allowed 4 earned runs in his last start, but overall, it has been a great season for the young Houston hurler.

Miles Mikolas, on the other hand, has had a pretty bad first couple of months to start the 2024 season. He’s given up multiple earned runs in all but 1 of his 12 starts this season, including allowing 3+ earned runs in 5 of his last 6 outings.

He hasn’t had much success against current Astros, either. They’re hitting .292 against him, collecting 14 hits (6 for extra bases) in 48 at-bats. The Cardinals need a win to stop their skid in the worst way, but Mikolas probably isn’t the best bet to make that happen.

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