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Cardinals vs. Pirates - 9/5/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (79-53) at St. Louis Cardinals (86-47)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 4:05 pm (Busch Stadium)

C Morton (8-6) (4.22) vs. J Garcia (7-4) (2.03)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -145 / Pittsburgh Pirates +135 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1/FSMW

The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals play game two Saturday afternoon.

The Pittsburgh Pirates look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Pirates have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Pirates have won six of their last eight when scoring more than three runs. Andrew McCutchen leads Pittsburgh with 142 hits and 85 RBI while Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco have combined for 107 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have split their last eight road games. Charlie Morton gets the ball, and he’s 8-6 with a 4.22 ERA and 80 strikeouts this season. Morton is 2-10 with a 5.58 ERA and 53 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

Cardinals vs. Pirates - 9/5/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. Louis Cardinals look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Cardinals have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Cardinals have won five of their last six when scoring more than three runs. Jhonny Peralta leads St. Louis with 140 hits and 60 RBI while Jason Heyward and Kolten Wong have combined for 105 RBI. The St. Louis Cardinals have split their last eight home games. Jaime Garcia takes the hill, and he’s 7-4 with a 2.03 ERA and 64 strikeouts this season. Garcia is 1-1 with a 0.73 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games and 5-2 in Mortons last 7 starts. The Cardinals are 8-2 in their last 10 during game 2 of a series and 6-0 in Garcias last 6 starts. The Pirates are 1-10 in Mortons last 11 starts vs. Cardinals.

Pittsburgh and the plus money always looks good, but do you see Morton's career numbers against the Cardinals? Uh, no thank you. I'm siding with the Cards here. 

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St. Louis Cardinals -145

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