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A Great Pitcher Against A Formidable Team: A Showdown Is Set In Oakland

Posted by Dale “Skip” Lalonde on 6/29/2013 1:26:58 AM

Over the course of the regular season, there are some matchups that stand out as particularly captivating confrontations. One such five-star throwdown is ready to go in Oakland, Calif.

St. Louis Cardinals @ Oakland Athletics – Saturday, June 29

Sport betting line: No line

Why St. Louis Will Win

When football betting specialists take a break from their work, they might be interested in this contest. One thing that has to be said at the beginning of this analysis is that while St. Louis did indeed struggle with Texas last weekend, the Cardinals have their ace on the hill – and in the hole – in this contest. Adam Wainwright has been magnificent for the Redbirds in 2013, bouncing back so much better than many expected after injuries plagued him in 2012. Wainwright’s command of his pitches, especially his breaking stuff, makes him a hard pitcher to figure out. Oakland will be confident entering this contest, but Wainwright should be up to the challenge and ready to fend off the Athletics in what should be a terrific ballgame in California. Oakland starter Jarrod Parker is good, and he’ll keep Oakland close, but Wainwright performs at a generally higher level. The quality of an elite starting pitcher is – and can be – enough to override the virtues of an opponent. The battle between Wainwright and the Athletics’ relentless young hitters will be a box-office treat this weekend in the majors. Bettors and Cardinal fans both have to feel very confident that Wainwright will be up to the task. Betting on Wainwright to flourish is, in 2013, a decision that has not ordinarily gone wrong. That point has to be acknowledged and conceded.

Why Oakland Will Win

These are not quite high-stakes poker games, but there's still an overlooked aspect to this game: Jarrod Parker, the Athletics’ starter in this contest, has not allowed more than three runs in any of his last nine starts. That’s right – Parker’s ERA stands at 4.27 because of a bad month of April. In May and June, he has rounded into form and has become something much closer to the pitcher the Athletics witnessed last season, when they swiped the 2012 American League West title from the Texas Rangers. If Parker can go six or seven innings and allow two runs, Oakland will get chances to face Adam Wainwright in high-leverage, high-value situations. If the A’s can get Wainwright to throw a lot of pitches under pressure, they can turn this game into a battle of the bullpens which, at home, would favor them. Oakland can very realistically steer this game to its advantage and minimize the impact Wainwright can have on the proceedings. As long as Parker holds up his end of the bargain, Oakland can very easily produce a victory here on its home field.

Who Will Win?

The Athletics will represent a stern test for Wainwright, but St. Louis’ ace has been up to the challenge this season. Expect Wainwright to be right and lead the Cardinals to a win.

MLB Betting Pick: St. Louis

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