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Cardinals vs. Pirates - 5/1/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (12-10) at St. Louis Cardinals (14-6)

MLB Baseball: Friday, May 1, 2015 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

A Burnett (0-1) (1.80) vs. L Lynn (1-2) (3.63)

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

TV: ROOT-PIT, FSN-MW

The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals begin a three-game series Friday night.

The Pittsburgh Pirates look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Pirates have allowed 11 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The Pirates have won eight straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Neil Walker leads Pittsburgh with 23 hits and nine RBI while Starling Marte and Pedro Alvarez have combined for 28 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won five of their last seven games on the road. A.J. Burnett gets the nod, and he’s 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. Burnett is 9-6 with a 3.87 ERA and 94 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

Cardinals vs. Pirates - 5/1/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. Louis Cardinals look to also stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Cardinals have allowed 10 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The Cardinals have won five straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Matt Carpenter leads St. Louis with 32 hits and 14 RBI while Matt Holliday and Matt Adams have combined for 28 RBI. The St. Louis Cardinals have won eight of their last nine games on their home field. Lance Lynn takes the hill, and he’s 1-2 with a 3.63 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. Lynn is 5-3 with a 4.71 ERA and 71 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 11-4 in their last 15 during game 1 of a series and 1-4 in Burnetts last 5 starts. The Cardinals are 37-14 in their last 51 home games and 2-8 in Lynns last 10 starts. The Pirates are 3-14 in the last 17 meetings in St. Louis and 3-8 in the last 11 meetings overall.

Both teams are on fire right now, however, the Cards are at home, a place where they simply haven't lost much even dating back to last season. I give the slight edge to St. Louis in this spot. 

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