Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/5/14
St. Louis Cardinals (2-1) at Pittsburgh Pirates (2-1)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Joe Kelly (R) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Francisco Liriano (L) (0-0) (0.000)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -135 / St. Louis Cardinals +120 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates shoot for back to back victories over Central rivals the St Louis Cardinals.
The Cardinals are one of the top teams in the game are accustomed to delivering out plenty of punishment to opponents. However they were the one to take it on the chin in a 12-2 loss at Pittsburgh Friday. The pitching was well off the normal standards we see from the Redbirds with starter Shelby Miller allowing five runs on six hits over 5.1 innings including three homers with Keith Butler tagged for another five runs in just an inning. The bats posted six hits and four free passes which obviously fell short. Matt Carpenter slammed a two run bomb in the 5th that cut the Buccos lead to 3-2 but it was downhill from there. The Cardinals hand the ball to Joe Kelly who split his time between the pen and rotation in 2014. In 37 appearances Kelly went 10-5 with a sparkling 2.69 ERA covering 124 innings.
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The Pirates are hoping for big things from Gerrit Cole in 2014 and if his first outing is any indication the season is bright. Cole stymied a dangerous St Louis lineup for seven frames on six hits with just a two run homer marring his night. That made things easy for the offense or perhaps it was the other way around with Pitt hammering out 16 hits and walking four times. Pedro Alverez crushed a pair of long balls and knocked in three with Andrew McCutchen clubbing a two run bomb. Russell Martin plated two more with nine players scoring and seven posting RBI's. Left hander Francisco Liriano is coming of a stellar performance versus the Cubs to open the season. Liriano earned a 1-0 victory with six scoreless innings where he struck out ten.
Liriano was outstanding in four starts versus St Louis a year ago and Kelly is not too shabby which his numbers clearly tell us. Backing the Pirates for now but I'm looking in to this further...