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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Free Pick- 8/13/13

Pittsburgh Pirates (70-47) at St. Louis Cardinals (67-50)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

Charlie Morton (R) (4-3) (3.880) vs. Adam Wainwright (R) (13-7) (2.664)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -180 / Pittsburgh Pirates +170 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh, FS-Midwest

The St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates face off on Tuesday in St. Louis in game one of their series between the top two teams in the National League Central.

The St. Louis Cardinals have been slumping at one of the worst possible times and they look to turn it around as they play game one against the Pirates. The Cardinals are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 34-22 at home this season, and they are three games back in the NL Central. As a team the Cardinals are hitting .274 with Allen Craig hitting .319, Matt Carpenter hitting .308, and Carlos Beltran hitting .305. The Cardinals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.53 with the starters at 3.37 and the bullpen at 3.88. For game one against the Pirates the Cardinals start Adam Wainwright who has lost his last two decisions. For the season Wainwright has allowed 163 hits and 52 earned runs while striking out 156 over 175.2 innings for a 13-7 record and a 2.66 ERA.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Free Pick- 8/13/13

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The Pittsburgh Pirates had a miserable trip to Colorado as they lost three in a row and now they face the second place Cardinals. The Pirates are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 29-27 on the road this season, and they lead the Central by three games. As team the Pirates are hitting .245 with Andrew McCutchen hitting .313, Starling Marte hitting .282, and Neil Walker hitting .259. As a team the Pirates pitching staff has an ERA of 3.16 with the starters at 3.37 and the bullpen at 2.80. For game one at St. Louis the Pirates start Charlie Morton who has won three of his last four starts. For the season Morton has allowed 60 hits and 24 earned runs while striking out 43 over 55.2 innings for a 4-3 record and a 3.88 ERA.

St. Louis is 5-16 against a team with a winning record, 1-4 in their last five home games, and 1-4 in Wainwright’s last five starts against a team with a winning record. Pittsburgh is 6-1 in their last seven games as an underdog, 9-2 in their last 11 games as a road underdog, and 4-1 in Morton’s last five starts. Pittsburgh is 6-1 in the last seven meetings of these two.

The Pirates are a big dog here but overall they have owned the Cardinals this season and are playing the better baseball over the past several weeks so no reason not to go after the big payout.

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