An interleague clash north of the border has caught our eye on the Hump Day card, and we’re searching for a winning MLB pick when the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Toronto Blue Jays.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Wednesday, July 27, 2022 – 07:07 PM EDT at Rogers Centre
The Story So Far
Winning at home in Toronto – where the Canadian government lends a hand by requiring ineffectual vaccines for visitors – has become the norm for the Blue Jays, and they’ll take aim at another dubya on Wednesday when they can finish off a sweep in a short set against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Wednesday’s probable pitchers are a pair of grizzled
Series Notes and Rivalry Trends
St. Louis infielders Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt didn’t make this trip since neither of the top two sluggers in the St. Louis lineup meet the vaccination requirements mandated by the Canadian government.
Even if St. Louis had Arenado and Goldschmidt, it would have been tough to win Tuesday’s matchup that went Toronto’s way by a 10-3 count after George Springer broke open a tight game with a grand slam in the sixth inning.
- St. Louis leads the all-time series with Toronto, 11-10, and the Blue Jays have taken three of the four clashes this season.
- Tuesday’s final score marked the sixth consecutive ‘over’ in the rivalry.
- The Cardinals are 6-10 in interleague play while the Blue Jays stand 7-4 against the NL.
Cardinals Pitcher Adam Wainwright
Just a month shy of his 41st birthday, Wainwright would love to exit July with at least one notch in the win column. St. Louis has dropped all four of his starts this month, two of those when the Cardinals were blanked by Zack Wheeler of the Phillies and the latest setback due to Wainwright suffering his worst outing of 2022.
Tagged as -145 chalk at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review) for his assignment last Friday evening in Cincinnati, Wainwright was touched up for seven runs and two homers during his 5+ innings of work in a 9-5 loss to the Reds.
Wainwright missed the Blue Jays when the clubs met in St. Louis back in May. His two previous appearances against Toronto resulted in a win at Busch Stadium in 2017 and a loss at Rogers Centre in 2010. Wainwright is 3-5 with a 4.81 ERA (58 IP) in 10 road starts this season.
Blue Jays Pitcher Kevin Gausman
Talk about getting support from your lineup. Gausman was on the bump last Friday at Fenway Park where the Blue Jays administered a 28-5 beating on the Red Sox. Closing as a small favorite on the MLB odds, the Colorado native allowed three runs and struck out 10.
Beating Boston has become the norm for Gausman in his first season with Toronto, the veteran righthander pretty much making his bones by leading the Blue Jays to the win column in all four of this starts against the Red Sox while allowing just four earned runs in 26 innings (1.38 ERA).
Gausman faced the Cardinals in St. Louis a couple of months back and also put Toronto in the winner’s circle. Six shutout innings was Gausman’s linescore for the May 24th match, and the Blue Jays cashed as -135 chalk in the easy 8-1 decision.
Umpire Notes and Trends
Brian O’Nora will be at the dish calling balls and strikes. Known more for being in the news after his arrest for solicitation charges a couple of years ago, O’Nora stands 3-4 O/U at the best sportsbooks for his plate assignments this season, with home teams winning six of the seven games.
Rogers Centre Roof Report
The lid was off for Tuesday’s tilt at Rogers Centre, but they may have to button things up on Wednesday when the weatherman is calling for a 20%-30% chance of rain in the evening along with muggy temps in the mid-70s and a 10-12 mph blow from the SE (out to left).
Wednesday’s Best Bet
One can’t help but shake their head at a system that allows an umpire who pled a sex solicitation charge down to a misdemeanor to enter a country but won’t allow two marquee ballplayers to come in because they haven’t been vaccinated for the Wuhan Flu.
St. Louis isn’t just missing the bats that belong to Arenado and Goldschmidt, but also their defense that has accounted for 13 Gold Gloves between them. I’ll play the rivalry trend and go with the ‘over.’
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