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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/3/14

Pittsburgh Pirates (71-67) at St. Louis Cardinals (75-63)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 1:45 pm (Busch Stadium)

Edinson Volquez (R) (11-7) (3.489) vs. Shelby Miller (R) (8-9) (4.213)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -117 / Pittsburgh Pirates +107 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-PIT, FSN-MW

The St. Louis Cardinals look to sweep the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday afternoon.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost three straight games and are four games above a .500 record. Despite the recent struggles, the Pirates pitching staff remains solid, allowing three or less runs in nine of their last 12 games. Overall, the Pittsburgh Pirates have an ERA of 3.67, which is 16th in the majors, and they’ve won eight of their last 10 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Andrew McCutchen has homered three times in his last nine games and Russell Martin has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games. Edinson Volquez gets the ball, and he’s 11-7 with a 3.45 ERA and has 109 strikeouts in 159.1 innings. Volquez is 4-6 with a 5.06 ERA in 14 career starts against the Cardinals.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/3/14

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The St. Louis Cardinals have won four straight and are 12 games above a .500 record. All of a sudden, the Cardinals have scored five or more runs in four straight games. While the Cards have struggled to score runs all season, they’ve won 12 of their last 14 when scoring four or more runs. Matt Holliday has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Matt Carpenter has an RBI in three of his last four games. The St. Louis Cardinals have an ERA of 3.66, which is 15th in the majors. Starting is Shelby Miller, who is 8-9 with a 4.19 ERA and has 101 strikeouts in 152.2 innings. Miller is 2-6 with a 4.98 ERA in eight career starts against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 6-1 in Volquezs last 7 road starts and 6-1 in Volquezs last 7 starts overall. The Cardinals are 0-6 in Millers last 6 home starts and 1-4 in Millers last 5 starts overall.

The Cardinals can't buy a win when Miller is on the mound, while Volquez and the Pirates have been money on the road this season. Give me Pitt to avoid the sweep for the plus money. 

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