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Cardinals at Pirates - 7/9/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals (54-30) at Pittsburgh Pirates (50-34)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

C Martinez (9-3) (2.70) vs. J Locke (5-4) (4.15)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -102 / St. Louis Cardinals -108 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-MW, ROOT-PIT, MLB N

The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates begin a four-game series Thursday night.

The St. Louis Cardinals look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Cardinals have scored 13 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Cardinals have lost five of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Jhonny Peralta leads St. Louis with 93 hits and 44 RBI while Kolten Wong and Jason Heyward have combined for 67 RBI. The St. Louis Cardinals have won five of their last seven road games. Carlos Martinez gets the ball, and he’s 9-3 with a 2.70 ERA and 105 strikeouts this season. Martinez is 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA and 22 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

Cardinals at Pirates - 7/9/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Pirates look to stay hot and build on their five-game winning streak. The Pirates have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Pirates have won six straight games when scoring more than three runs. Andrew McCutchen leads Pittsburgh with 89 hits and 53 RBI while Starling Marte and Neil Walker have combined for 80 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won seven of their last nine home games. Jeff Locke takes the hill, and he’s 5-4 with a 4.15 ERA and 70 strikeouts this season. Locke is 2-2 with a 3.82 ERA and 21 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 6-2 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series and 18-5 in Martinezs last 23 starts. The Pirates are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 4-1 in Lockes last 5 starts. The Cardinals are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh and 7-2 in the last 9 meetings overall. 

I've been backing the Cards pretty much all season with short lines, and it's paid off and more. Martinez is one of my favorite pitchers, and getting him at this line is too good to pass up. 

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St. Louis Cardinals -108

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