A National League showdown gets underway when the New York Mets (25-14) host the St. Louis Cardinals in an early afternoon battle on Thursday. This matchup features two top 10 batting offenses in the majors. New York is third in the MLB with a batting average of .251. Meanwhile, St. Louis has a batting average of .247, which ranks seventh. Dakota Hudson (3-2, 3.06 ERA) starts for St. Louis. Chris Bassitt (4-2, 2.34 ERA) is on the hill for New York.

First pitch is set for 1:10 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists New York as the -185 favorite (risk $185 to win $100) in the latest Mets vs. Cardinals odds. The over-under for total runs expected is 7.5, up half a run from the opening line. Before making any Cardinals vs. Mets picks, you need to see the MLB predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's advanced computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every MLB game 10,000 times and it is off to a profitable start to the 2022 season. It's on a 33-25 roll on top-rated MLB money-line picks through six weeks, returning over $300 for $100 players. Anyone following it has seen some huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Mets vs. Cardinals and just locked in its picks and MLB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are several MLB odds and trends for Cardinals vs. Mets: 

  • Mets vs. Cardinals money line: New York -185, St. Louis +165
  • Mets vs. Cardinals run line: New York -1.5 (+1115)
  • Mets vs. Cardinals over-under: 7.5 runs
  • Mets vs. Cardinals tickets: See tickets at StubHub
  • STL: Under is 4-1 in Cardinals' last five road games
  • NYM: Mets are 5-0 in their last five Thursday games
Featured Game | New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Why you should back the Mets

Outfielder Mark Canha is a versatile piece for the Mets. Canha can play multiple positions on the defensive end, allowing him to be all over the field. The 33-year-old has been a steady hitter in the lineup and is an option to drive in runs. Canha's batting average is .299 with three home runs and 14 RBI. On May 18, he was 2-for-3 with two singles and one run was driven in.

Center fielder Brandon Nimmo has tremendous hitting skills, while being a great athlete. Nimmo has good bat speed and control to make consistent contact with the ball. He covers a lot of ground in the outfield with a solid throwing arm. Nimmo has a batting average of .290 alongside three home runs and 13 runs batted in. The 29-year-old finished with at least one hit in 13 of his last 14 games.  

Why you should back the Cardinals

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt is a big-time slugger with run-producing qualities. Goldschmidt has a good eye, while hitting for both power and average. The six-time All-Star also plays sound defense in the corner and is a reliable defender. Goldschmidt leads the team in batting average (.317) and on-base percentage (.391) along with five homers including 23 RBI. He's currently on an 11-game hitting streak.

Third baseman Nolan Arenado is another consistent player for the Cardinals. Arenado makes solid contact thanks to his excellent hands. He's been a stout defender with an accurate throwing arm across the diamond. The nine-time Gold Glove Winner has a batting average of .306 with nine homers and 31 runs batted in. In his last matchup, Arenado went 2-for-4 with a two-run bomb. 

How to make Cardinals vs. Mets picks

SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, projecting 8.3 combined runs. It also says one side of the money line has all the value. You can only get the model's MLB picks at SportsLine.

Who will win Mets vs. Cardinals? And which team has all the value on the money line? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its MLB picks, and find out.