Cardinals vs Phillies Odds, Lines, and Spread (April 16)

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Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper, left, is out at second as Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson (7) makes the tag during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

  • The Philadelphia Phillies are -136 favorites over the St. Louis Cardinals in their MLB game on Friday, April 16th

  • Zach Eflin takes the mound for Philadelphia
  • The Cards will counter with Carlos Martinez

Both the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies are slumping and treading water at the same time. Each club is 6-6 on the season.

St. Louis has lost four of its last five games. Philadelphia has lost five of its last six.

As they open a three-game weekend set on Friday, itโ€™s the hometown Phillies who are pegged as the -136 favorites. Philly is 5-1 straight up at home this season. Meanwhile, St. Louis is a solid 4-2 SU on the road.

First pitch for Fridayโ€™s game is slated for 7:05 pm ET at Citizens Bank Park. Cardinals vs Phillies Odds

Team Moneyline Runline Total at PointsBet
St. Louis Cardinals +127 +1.5 (-169) O 8.5 (-112)
Philadelphia Phillies -139 -1.5 (+142) U 8.5 (-105)

Odds as of April 15th.

The forecast is for rain, 14 mph wind and a temperature of 50 degrees. The game is being broadcast by Bally Sports Midwest and NBCSP+.

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Phillies Swing and Miss

The Phillies began the 2021 season with a 5-1 homestand. As they return to home base Friday, they do so limping back from a 1-5 road trip in which they evidently forgot to pack their bats.

The Phillies scored 16 runs over the past six games. Philly batters struck out 14 times in two of the past three games. Andrew McCutchen (2-for-19), Rhys Hoskins (2-for-22) and Bryce Harper (4-for-20), the top three batters in the order, were a combined 8-for-61 (.131) during the road swing.

Cardinals Shuffle Roster

Before heading to Philadelphia, the Cardinals opted to change up their outfield. Lane Thomas was returned to the clubโ€™s alternate training site. In two starts, Thomas made a pair of errors and showed an .833 fielding percentage.

Rookie Scott Hurst was recalled from there. When he sees his first action, Hurst will be making his MLB debut.

Eflin Showing improvement

Eflinโ€™s scheduled Thursday start against the New York Mets was rained out. In two starts, heโ€™s yet to figure in a decision while posting a 3.46 ERA.

Eflin has struck out 10 in 13 innings while walking just two batters. Heโ€™s gone at least six innings in each of his starts, both of which came against the Atlanta Braves.

Cardinals Career Stats vs Eflin

Nolan Arenado 11 0 1 .182
Dylan Carson 0 0 0 .000
Matt Carpenter 1 0 0 .000
Paul DeJong 0 0 0 .000
Austin Dean 9 1 3 .444
Tommy Edman 0 0 0 .000
Paul Goldschmidt 6 0 0 .167
Scott Hurst 0 0 0 .000
Andrew Knizner 0 0 0 .000
Yadier Molina 0 0 0 .000
John Nogowski 0 0 0 .000
Edmundo Sosa 0 0 0 .000
Justin Williams 0 0 0 .000

Eflinโ€™s lone career regular-season appearance against the Cardinals came in a start on May 19, 2018. He worked 4.2 innings, allowing two earned runs and didnโ€™t figure in the decision in a 7-6 Phillies victory.

Martinez Displaying Competence

Early in the season, Martinez rates as the most reliable St. Louis starter. The reason why he does, though, is a sure sign of the sad state of affairs within the ranks of Cardinals staff.

The righthander is the only St. Louis starter to work five innings in both of his appearances during the 2021 campaign. That being said, Martinez is still 0-2 with a 6.30 ERA.

Phillies Career Stats vs Martinez

Alec Bohm 0 0 0 .000
Didi Gregorius 0 0 0 .000
Bryce Harper 7 2 4 .266
Rhys Hoskins 0 0 0 .000
Matt Joyce 2 0 0 .500
Andrew Knapp 0 0 0 .000
Andrew McCutchen 23 0 1 .130
Brad Miller 0 0 0 .000
Mickey Moniak 0 0 0 .000
Roman Quinn 0 0 0 .000
JT Realmuto 5 0 2 .500
Jean Segura 8 0 1 .375
Ronald Torreyes 3 0 0 .333

In fact, over the past two seasons, Martinez is 0-5 with an 8.70 ERA and a 1.866 WHIP. His last victory was posted on Sept. 1st 2019, a 4-3 win in relief over the Cincinnati Reds when Martinez was working as the Cardinals closer.

In his career, Martinez is 3-1 against the Phillies with a 2.70 ERA.

Pick: St. Louis Cardinals (+116)

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Robert Duff