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Cardinals vs. Pirates - 8/12/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (65-44) at St. Louis Cardinals (71-40)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

G Cole (14-5) (2.45) vs. M Wacha (13-4) (2.92)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -119 / Pittsburgh Pirates +109 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN, FSMW

The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals play game two Wednesday night.

The Pittsburgh Pirates look to keep rolling after winning five of their last seven games. The Pirates have scored 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six 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 split their last 10 road games. Gerrit Cole gets the nod, and he’s 14-5 with a 2.39 ERA and 143 strikeouts this season. Cole is 2-2 with a 3.24 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

Cardinals vs. Pirates - 8/12/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. Louis Cardinals look for a win after winning six of their last eight games. The Cardinals have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Cardinals have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Jhonny Peralta leads St. Louis with 117 hits and 55 RBI while Kolten Wong and Matt Carpenter have combined for 99 RBI. The St. Louis Cardinals have won five of their last eight home games. Michael Wacha takes the hill, and he’s 13-4 with a 2.92 ERA and 112 strikeouts this season. Wacha is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 37-14 in Coles last 51 starts. The Cardinals are 6-1 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series and 20-6 in Wachas last 26 starts. The Cardinals are 4-1 in Wachas last 5 starts vs. Pirates and the Pirates are 16-36 in the last 52 meetings in St. Louis.

Two playoff caliber teams and two solid pitchers on the mound. Should be a great matchup. However, the Cards are very, very tough to beat at home, and Wacha has allowed zero runs in his last 14 innings. I like the home team here for the cheap price. 

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St. Louis Cardinals -119

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