Astros @ Cardinals: Houston's Cole looks to end Cardinals' winning streak
Astros @ Cardinals MLB odds spreads and predictions
The Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals will play in the second game of their series on Saturday.
For the St. Louis Cardinals, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has been on an absolute tear.
Goldschmidt blasted a three-run homer in the eighth inning, which extended his home-run streak to five straight games, in the Cardinals' 5-3 win over the Astros.
Jack Flaherty got the start for the Cardinals. He allowed two runs on three hits and struck out nine batters in the no-decision. Andrew Miller picked up the win. He recorded one out in the top of the eighth before Goldschmidt ripped the go-ahead blast.
The Cardinals are on a six-game winning streak.
When is it? Saturday July 27th
What time is first pitch? 7:15 p.m. ET
Where is it being played? Busch Stadium
Which channel is it on? Fox Sports 1
The Houston Astros, winners of seven out of their last nine games, will look to bounce back on Saturday.
Michael Brantley clobbered a two-run homer, which scored Alex Bregman, in the top of the fourth to give Houston a 2-0 advantage.
Brantley also drew a bases loaded walk in the top of the eighth inning to give the Astros a 3-2, before Goldschmidt ultimately put the Cardinals ahead for good.
The Astros had Jose Urquidy on the mound. He allowed only one run on four hits over six innings pitched.
Astros @ Cardinals Run Line
The Houston Astros will be giving the Cardinals 1.5 runs in this baseball game.
I believe the Astros will put an end to the Cardinals' winning streak in this one. The reason? Houston will have an ace on the mound in Gerrit Cole and that's what top pitchers are expected to do.
Take the Astros confidently here.
Astros @ Cardinals Over/Under
The over/under total in this matchup is set at 8.5 runs.
My final score prediction: Houston Astros 5, St. Louis Cardinals 2.
Roll with the under in this one.
Where the game will be won or lost
Gerrit Cole will take the hill for the Houston Astros in this road game.
Cole has an 11-5 record paired with a 3.03 ERA this season. Cole is at 136.2 innings pitched and he has 205 strikeouts, which ranks among the highest in all of baseball.
In his last start on July 22, Cole allowed one run on two hits and struck out 11 batters over seven innings of work in an 11-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
The Astros will have a huge advantage on the mound in this one.
The Cardinals will roll with Daniel Ponce de Leon. He's 1-0 with a 2.82 ERA this season. In his last outing, Ponce de Leon allowed one run on three hits and struck out three batters over three innings pitched.