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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 7/12/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals (56-32) at Pittsburgh Pirates (52-35)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 8:05 pm (PNC Park)

T Cooney (0-0) (3.95) vs. F Liriano (5-6) (2.99)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -168 / St. Louis Cardinals +158 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals face off on Sunday Night on ESPN for Sunday Night Baseball.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are closing in on the lead in the National League Central as they beat the Cardinals on Saturday. Andrew McCutchen and A.J. Burnett each hit home runs and Neil Walker and Jung-ho Kang had two hits each as the Pirates scored six runs on 11 hits. On the mound Burnett  allowed six hits and three runs while striking out six over 6.1 innings to not get the decision as Vance Worley got the win to raise his record to 3-4. For Sunday’s game the Pirates start Francisco Liriano who has allowed 74 hits and 36 earned runs while striking out 119 over 108.1 innings for a 5-6 record and a 2.99 ERA.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 7/12/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. Louis Cardinals scored twice in extra innings on Saturday but it wasn’t enough as they fell to the Pirates. Mark Reynolds hit two home runs, Randal Grichuk had three hits, and Kolten Wong and Jhonny Peralta each had two hits as the Cardinals scored five runs on 12 hits. Starting pitcher John Lackey allowed five hits and a run while striking out five over 6.2 innings to not get a decision as Nick Greenwood took the loss. For Sunday’s game the Cardinals start Tim Cooney who has allowed 14 hits and six earned runs while striking out 12 over 13.2 innings for a 3.95 ERA.

Pittsburgh is 8-2 in their last 10 games against a left-handed starter, 36-16 as a favorite, and 4-1 in Liriano’s last five starts. St. Louis is 9-3 in game four of a series, 39-20 against the NL Central, and 2-6 in their last eight games against a left-handed starter. St. Louis is 2-6 in their last eight games in Pittsburgh.

The Pirates are big favorites here but rightfully so as they get they should easily get the win here.

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Pittsburgh Pirates -165

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