Sometimes a 162-game schedule can just beat you up. Sure, you want to believe no professional athletes — or officials for that matter — will take a game off, but there are certain spots where you need to take the schedule  into account.

Let me explain.


New York Mets (-104) at St. Louis Cardinals (-106) | O/U: 7
1:15 p.m. ET

The first-place New York Mets close out a series with the St. Louis Cardinals in a day game. So far this series has seen the Mets win an extra-inning thriller Tuesday and the Cardinals win a blowout Wednesday. The rubber match will feature a great pitching matchup between Noah Syndergaard and Carlos Martinez.

With two live arms on the mound, this game figures to be a strikeout-fest. Both of these hurlers have crazy numbers, but Martinez’s are just bewildering. The Cardinals’ ace has issued the fourth-most walks in the league, yet he’s still able to dominate. So far, C-Mart is averaging 10.52 K’s per nine innings and has only given up one homer on the year. Furthermore, his last start saw him get through six scoreless frames before being lifted for no apparent reason.

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