Money Line: 103.00 St. Louis (Home)
The Cards look to build off yesterday's 7-1 victory. St. Louis has now won six of nine in the season series and after splitting the first two of this one, I like the home side to dig deep here. Carlos Martinez is 0-2 with a 12.27 ERA for the Cards. Martinez made his first start since having Covid and allowed four runs over 3 2/3's innings in a 7-3 loss to the Twins last time out. Martinez has big a upside and the track record and pedigree to return to form and that's what I'm definitely expecting here. Tyler Mahle is 1-2 with a 3.89 ERA for Cincinnati. Mahle has been decent over his last three starts, but note that he's 1-3 with a 5.11 ERA in seven career starts vs. the Cardinals. Look for St. Louis to lay the hammer down in the finale of this important late-season series!
T.M. Prediction: 6-3 Cards.