Philadelphia (Halladay) at St. Louis (Wainwright) -110 O/U 7.5
Going to lean on each staff ace here to perform up to expectations and keep this one under the total. St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright was extremely good in his last start going the distance and shutting out San Diego on just four hits. His 9-to-1 K-to-BB ratio was dominant and despite the fact that light hitting San Diego was the victim, the outing left reason for optimism going forward. Already down 3-0 in this series, Wainwright will likely take the “stopper” mindset to the hill against this Philadelphia team which he has kept very quiet over his career. The mound will also be occupied today by Phillies #1 Roy Halladay who’s had questions surrounding his overall performance thus far this season. Last time out, Halladay was squeezed so tightly by home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom that it eventually led to the ejection of Phils C Carlos Ruiz. Velocity was not a real problem for Halladay in that game but the need to be in the hitter’s portion of the strike zone was and Washington took advantage. Don’t expect the same type of harsh treatment today from umpire Andy Fletcher. I fully believe Halladay will bounce back against this severely weakened Cardinals lineup. Top bullpen arms are in good shape today so I’ll look for this contest to stay under the 7.5.