St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/4/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (79-53) at St. Louis Cardinals (86-47)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 4, 2015 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
J Happ (7-7) (4.10) vs. C Martinez (13-6) (2.91)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -151 / Pittsburgh Pirates +141 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Midwest, ROOT-Pittsburgh
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates face off on Friday at Busch Stadium in a meeting of the top two teams in MLB’s National League Central.
The St. Louis Cardinals continue to have the best record in baseball as they lead the NL Central. The Cardinals are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 48-20 at home, and they have a 6.5 game lead on the Pirates in the NL Central standings. As a team the Cardinals are hitting .256 with Jason Heyward hitting .292, Jhonny Peralta hitting .281, and Yadier Molina hitting .281. The Cardinals pitching staff has an ERA of 2.67 with the starters at 2.83 and the bullpen at 2.34 For game one against the Pirates the Cardinals start Carlos Martinez who has allowed who has allowed 142 hits and 50 earned runs while striking out 156 over 154.2 innings for a 13-6 record and a 2.91 ERA.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to chase the Cardinals but they have struggled of late. The Pirates are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 33-32 on the road, and they have lost their last four games. As a team the Pirates are hitting .259 with Andrew McCutchen hitting .303, Francisco Cervelli hitting .296, and Jung Ho Kang hitting .288. The Pirates pitching staff has an ERA of 3.21 with the starters at 3.52 and the bullpen at 2.61. For game one against the Cardinals the Pirates start J.A. Happ who has allowed 27 hits and six runs while striking out 24 over 27.1 innings for a 3-1 record and a 1.98 ERA.
St. Louis is 4-1 in their last five home games against a left-handed starter, 63-23 in their last 86 home games, and 13-3 in Martinez’s last 16 home starts. Pittsburgh is 7-4 in their last 11 road games, 23-8 against a team with a winning record, and 4-0 in Happ’s last four starts. Pittsburgh is 16-37 in their last 53 games in St. Louis.
The Pirates have gotten cold at the worst time and the Cardinals win this one easily at home.