Pirates at Cardinals - 8/11/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (65-44) at St. Louis Cardinals (71-40)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
J Locke (6-6) (4.31) vs. C Martinez (11-4) (2.57)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals / Pittsburgh Pirates --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: RTPT, FSMW
The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals begin a three-game series Tuesday night.
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to keep rolling after winning five of their last six games. The Pirates have scored 24 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Pirates have won five straight games when scoring more than three runs. Andrew McCutchen leads Pittsburgh with 116 hits and 74 RBI while Starling Marte and Neil Walker have combined for 101 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won four of their last six road games. Jeff Locke gets the ball, and he’s 6-6 with a 4.31 ERA and 92 strikeouts this season. Locke is 2-3 with a 3.55 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
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The St. Louis Cardinals look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Cardinals have scored 13 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The Cardinals have lost five of their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Jhonny Peralta leads St. Louis with 116 hits and 55 RBI while Jason Heyward and Kolten Wong have combined for 83 RBI. The St. Louis Cardinals have split their last eight home games. Carlos Martinez takes the hill, and he’s 11-4 with a 2.57 ERA and 131 strikeouts this season. Martinez is 1-2 with a 4.66 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 7-2 in their last 9 games following an off day and 7-3 in Lockes last 10 starts. The Cardinals are 7-2 in their last 9 games following an off day and 22-5 in Martinezs last 27 starts. The Pirates are 16-36 in the last 52 meetings in St. Louis and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings overall.
I don't bet against Martinez that often. It's really that simple. Locke has had his moments, but Martinez is one of the top young pitchers in the game and has been on fire as of late.