Blue Jays vs. Cardinals Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Thursday, March 30, 2023

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Blue Jays vs. Cardinals Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Thursday, March 30, 2023

MLB Predictions

The Toronto Blue Jays are moneyline favorites (-111) to begin their season with a road win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday at 4:10 PM ET, live on BSMW.

Toronto’s Alek Manoah gets the start, and he’ll go against St. Louis’ Miles Mikolas.

Blue Jays vs. Cardinals Odds

  • Blue Jays odds to win: -111
  • Cardinals odds to win: -108
  • Spread: Blue Jays -1.5
  • Total: 7.5 runs

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Thursday, March 30, 2023
  • Time: 4:10 PM ET
  • TV: BSMW

Who Will Win Blue Jays vs. Cardinals?

Blue Jays and Cardinals Betting Trends (2022)

The Blue Jays went 78-55 in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite last season (winning 58.6% of those games).

When playing as a moneyline favorite with odds of -111 or shorter last year, Toronto had a record of 78-54 (59.1%).

The Cardinals were underdogs in 65 games last season and won 28 (43.1%) of those contests.

St. Louis had a record of 26-36, a 41.9% win rate, when it was set as the underdog by -108 or more by oddsmakers last season.

The Blue Jays played in 162 games with a set over/under, and combined with their opponents to go over the total 84 times (84-74-4).

The Cardinals and their opponents hit the over in 78 of their 164 games with a total last season.

Blue Jays Stats & Insights (2022)

Last season the Blue Jays scored the fourth-most runs in baseball (775 total, 4.8 per game).

Toronto averaged 1.2 home runs per game to rank seventh in baseball with 200 total home runs last season.

The Blue Jays lead MLB with a .263 batting average.

The team struck out 7.7 times per game, the sixth-fewest mark in MLB.

The Blue Jays pitching staff was 12th in MLB last season with a collective 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings.

Toronto had a 3.88 team ERA that ranked 14th among all MLB pitching staffs.

Cardinals Stats & Insights (2022)

The Cardinals were among the highest scoring teams in the league, ranking fifth with 772 total runs last season.

St. Louis hit 197 homers last season, which ranked ninth in the majors.

The Cardinals had a team batting average of .252 last season, which ranked ninth among MLB teams.

St. Louis showed patience at the plate last season, having the fifth-best rate of strikeouts per game (7.6) among MLB offenses.

The Cardinals struck out just 7.4 batters per nine innings as a pitching staff, which ranked 30th in MLB last season.

St. Louis pitched to a 3.79 last season, which ranked ninth in baseball.

Blue Jays Key Players to Watch (2022)

Manoah starts for the first time this season for the Blue Jays.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. slugged 32 home runs and collected 97 RBI last season while batting .274.

Bo Bichette posted a .290 average with 24 homers and 93 RBI.

George Springer finished last season with 25 home runs, 76 RBI and a batting average of .267.

Alejandro Kirk hit .285 with an OBP of .374, and a slugging percentage of .415.

Cardinals Key Players to Watch (2022)

The Cardinals will send out Mikolas for his first start of the season.

Paul Goldschmidt racked up a batting average of .317, with 35 home runs and 115 runs batted in last season.

Nolan Arenado hit .293 with 42 doubles, a triple, 30 home runs and 55 walks.

Tommy Edman hit .265 a season ago with 31 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs and 48 walks.

Willson Contreras hit .243 with 23 doubles, two triples, 22 home runs and 45 walks.

Blue Jays and Cardinals Injuries

Blue Jays: Hyun-Jin Ryu: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Mitchell White: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Chad Green: 60 Day IL (Undisclosed)

Cardinals: Paul DeJong: 10 Day IL (Back), Adam Wainwright: 15 Day IL (Groin), Wilking Rodriguez: 15 Day IL (Shoulder)

Blue Jays vs. Cardinals Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Cardinals 5, Blue Jays 4
  • Total Prediction: Over 7.5 runs
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