Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals Free Pick - 10/7/13
St. Louis Cardinals (97-65) at Pittsburgh Pirates (94-68)
MLB Baseball: Monday, October 7, 2013 at 3:07 pm (PNC Park)
Michael Wacha (R) (3-1) (2.833) vs. Charlie Morton (R) (7-4) (3.258)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +110 / St. Louis Cardinals -120 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The St Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates lock horns in game four of the NLDS at PNC Park.
The Cardinals are not in an envious postion after a 5-3 loss at PNC Park put them in a 2-1 hole and one game away from elimination. The offense and pitching didn't quite get the job done against a Pittsburgh club they've had plenty of success against. Not this time around despite coming back from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits as the pen fell short. Starter Joe Kelly didn't have his best stuff with three runs allowed (two earned) on five hits and three BB over 5.1 frames before Carlos Martinez took the loss with two runs plated in the 8th. The bats mounted a seven hit, two walk attack that saw Carlos Beltran homer and drive in all three runs. Rookie Michael Wacha will be on the bump in game four of the NLDS versus the Pirates on Monday. Wacha would like to come close to his final start of the regular season when he beat Washington 2-0 with a one hitter over 8.2 innings.
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Pittsburgh is the team that hasn't been in the postseason for over two decades but are playing like a veteran team that is oblivious to pressure. The Buccos finished second in the National League Central, before winning the Wild Card and moving to within a game of advancing to the NLCS. The Pirates naver trailed Sunday but proved to be resilient after blowing two leads. Francisco Liriano once again came up big in the clutch with two runs given up on three hits and two free passes through six frames while Jason Grillie picking up the save. The offense totaled eight hits and walked five times with Marlon Byrd and Russell Martin each driving in a pair of runs each. Charlie Morton will be on the bump looking to contain the heavy hitting Cardinals in game four on Monday. Morton has thrown the ball well over the past ten times out with seven quality starts in which he has gone just 3-1.
On paper I believe the Cardinals have the advantage but Pittsburgh has the momentum. I am backing the Redbirds but would love to be wrong...