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Pirates vs. Cardinals - 9/30/15 Game One Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals (99-58) at Pittsburgh Pirates (95-62)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 1:35 pm (PNC Park)

Michael Wacha vs. Gerrit Cole

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

TV: FSMW/RTPT

The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates play game one of a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon.

The St. Louis Cardinals look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Cardinals have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Cardinals have won six of their last eight when scoring more than three runs. Jhonny Peralta leads St. Louis with 155 hits and 68 RBI while Matt Carpenter and Kolten Wong have combined for 144 RBI. The St. Louis Cardinals have won six of their last eight road games. Michael Wacha gets the nod, and he’s 17-6 with a 3.15 ERA and 149 strikeouts this season. Wacha is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

Pirates vs. Cardinals - 9/30/15 Game One Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Pirates look for a win after winning six of their last eight games. The Pirates have scored four runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Pirates have won six straight when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 161 hits and 79 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco have combined for 144 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost four straight home games. Gerrit Cole takes the hill, and he’s 18-8 with a 2.60 ERA and 200 strikeouts this season. Cole is 3-3 with a 2.96 ERA and 36 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 7-1 in their last 8 Wednesday games and 23-8 in Wachas last 31 starts. The Pirates are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series and 43-17 in Coles last 60 starts. The Cardinals are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh.

The Pirates need this game if there's any hope left to still win their division. With Cole on the mound and the fact it's an early game, I give Pittsburgh the advantage here. 

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