Previewing the Cardinals Vs Phillies Wildcard Matchup

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There is just something romantic about baseball in general, but baseball in October is downright sexy. The weather is changing, the leaves are turning colors, and the air is just crisper. In October baseball, every pitch and every play counts. Not taking the extra base, missed 3rd strike call by the ump, or the just foul rope down the line, everything is intensified in October baseball. I will be riding along with you guys for every NL playoff game (sorry I missed Game 1 Phillies/Cardinals) and breaking down my best bets of the game. We will be digging deep on the overall action and prop bets, so you can enjoy October baseball and make some extra cash as well.

The first game of the Phillies/Cardinals series saw the Phillies roar back in the 9th inning. Down 2-0 entering the 9th, the Phillies scored 6 runs to take a 6-2 lead and eventual 6-3 win. All 6 runs were scored with “small ball” by HBP, singles, fielder’s choice, and a sac fly. A huge choke job by the Cardinals. After years of good fortune in the postseason, perhaps this was karma balancing the scales. The Cardinals get a chance to tie the series or go home.

Let us get into the picks I like.

Aaron Nola has gone 4 games in a row hitting over 5.5 and averaging over 8 strikeouts per game. In fact, he is 8-2 against the 5.5 mark in his last 10 games with 1 game at 5 strikeouts. The Cardinals struck out 7 times against Nola in St. Louis on July 11th. With his recent track record, previous start against St Louis, and a plus money bet, this looks like a solid option to me.

Aaron Nola Over 5.5 Strikeouts (+105) 2 units to win 2.10 units

JT Realmuto is currently on a 6 game hitting streak including 2 games with multiple hits. He is swinging a hot bat at the right time of the year. He also has previous experience and against the Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas. Back in July he collected a hit against him as well as another hit shortly after he was taken out of the game. In game 1, Realmuto was hitting out of the 3 spot and is thus likely to get 4 if not 5 at-bats. He is hitting .276 on the year and should find success Saturday night in St. Louis against Mikolas and co. 

JT Realmuto Over 0.5 Hits (-260) 2.6 units to win 1 unit