MLB Baseball: St Louis Cardinals vs New York Mets Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/14/2021

by James Q

MLB Baseball:  St Louis Cardinals vs New York Mets Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/14/2021

Game Time:  8:10 pm ET, Tuesday, September 14,, 2021
Venue:  Citi Field,  Queens, New York
Where to Watch:  WPIX, Bally Sports Midwest

Opening MLB Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Moneyline odds:  Mets -150, Cards +130; Over/Under:  8 runs
BetMGM:  Moneyline odds:   Mets -150, Cards +130; Over/Under:  8 runs
PointsBet:  Moneyline odds:   Mets -150, Cards +130; Over/Under:  8 runs

Season Record

Cardinals:  73-69,   3rd place NL Central
Mets:  72-72,   3rd place NL East
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St Louis Cardinals vs New York Mets Preview and Analysis

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The Cardinals are 5-5 over their last ten games.  Going 4 Overs, 5 Unders, 1 Push.  They went 1-2 against the Milwaukee Brewers, 2-2 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-1 against the Cincinnati Reds.  This National League matchup of third place teams won’t have many repercussions unless 1 of these teams starts a long winning streak.  With 20 or so games to go on the season both these teams are fighting to move up or get squeezed out.
The Mets are also 5-5 over their last ten games.  Logging 6 Overs, 3 Unders, and 1 Push.  They went 2-2 against the Washington Nationals.  1-2 against the Miami Marlins, 2-1 against the New York Yankees.  The last win against the Yankees (sept 12) had some real drama to it.  Shouting, Pushing, threatening… It was a dramatic Subway Series that ended with a Mets 7-6 win.

Offensive Analysis

The Cardinals are 20th in team batting average .239, 26th in runs scored 584, 23rd in HR 161.  They aren’t a strong hitting team at all. They are 26th in RBI… that’s not gonna get anything accomplished.  The Cardinals batters are below average in everything from home runs to OPS.  
The Mets are 19th in .239, 27th in runs scored 573, 25th in homers 160.  They are slightly worse than the Cardinals at the plate.  

Defensive Analysis

The Cardinals pitchers are 14th in team ERA 4.08, 30th (last) in strikeouts 1075, 17th in WHIP 1.31.  They are an average pitching team who never seems to strike anybody out.  This is bad news since they are so bad at the plate.
The Mets are 6th in team ERA 3.77, 11th in strikeouts 1294, 7th in Mets 1.21.  The Mets have good pitchers.  A few of them are done for the season with injury, but all in all they can throw the ball.


Cardinals vs Mets Prediction

Our prediction for Tuesday, September 14th is… Mets 7  - Cardinals  3
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MLB Betting Trends

New York hit the over on the total 61 times this season for a 61-76-7 record against the over/under.
New York has a 4-4 record across the eight games it was moneyline favorites in.
St. Louis the underdog in 10 of its past 10 games and won five of those contests.
Cardinals have won 29 out of the 69 games, or 42%, in which they’ve been the underdog.

Key Injuries

Cardinals:  Dakota Hudson SP, Done for season  *  Jack Flaherty SP, Out 10 Day IL
Mets:  Jacob DeGrom SP, Done for season  *  Jordan Yamamoto SP, Done for season.

Players to Watch

Cardinals:  Jake Woodford:  The Cardinals will start righty Jake Woodford 2-3, 4.28 ERA, 40 strikeouts in 48 IP, with a 1.39 WHIP.  His last start was against the Dodgers, he threw for 4 innings giving up only 3 hits, 1 er, and 2 BB. Against the Dodgers that is a pretty solid line.

Mets:  Marcus Stroman:  The Mets will start righty Marcus Stroman 9-12, 2.87 ERA, 143 SO in 163 ip with a 1.13 WHIP.  His last start was Thursday (sep 9th) against the Miami Marlins.  He threw for 6 innings giving up only 4 hits and 1 er.  



Notable Quotes

"It's a huge win, we have a lot of momentum right now,"  -Cards reliever TJ McFarland about the win over the Reds 
"Wow, what an amazing weekend,.....It felt like playoffs, but hot.'' Mets SS Francisco Lindor after his three-homer night to beat the Yankees.

Starting Lineups

T. Edman, 2B
P. Goldschmidt, 1B
T. O'Neill, LF
N. Arenado, 3B
Y. Molina, C
D. Carlson, RF
E. Sosa, SS
H. Bader, CF
A. Wainwright, P
J. Villar, 3B
F. Lindor, SS
M. Conforto, RF
P. Alonso, 1B
J. Baez, 2B
J. McNeil, LF
K. Pillar, CF
J. McCann, C
C. Carrasco, P

Statistical Leaders

Batting AVG: Paul Goldschmidt .283
RBI:  Paul Goldschmidt  82
SB:  Tommy Edman  25
ERA:  Adam Wainwright  2.98
Saves:  Alex Reyes 29

Batting AVG: Brandon Nimmo  .302
RBI:  Pete Alonso  85
Walks:  Michael Conforto  52
Wins:  Marcus Stroman  9
ERA:  Jacob DeGrom  1.08
Cardinals:  Mike Schildt
Mets:  Luis Rojas


Weather Forecast

Partly Cloudy. 81* for the high.  11 mph winds.  Take the Van Wyck Expressway out of Flushing Meadows if you don’t like humidity…. Humidity 62%

James Q

About the Author:

James Q. has been involved with sports and gambling his entire life. A former division 1 scholarship basketball player, James understands sports (and especially basketball) inside-and-out. Following his basketball playing days, James parlayed his gambling skills into a semi-pro poker career. James resides in Los Angeles, and especially loves the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Rams, and Los Angeles Dodgers. And when he isn't betting on sports (and writing about it), James can be found performing stand-up comedy on the Sunset Strip.

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