Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals Game Two - 9/30/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (99-58) at Pittsburgh Pirates (95-62)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
M Wacha (17-6) (3.15) vs. C Morton (9-8) (4.54)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -101 / St. Louis Cardinals -109 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to pick up a game on St Louis in the Central in game two of their twin bill.
The Pittsburgh Pirates were red hot but have stumbled the past few days and they need to rebound or kiss the Central crown goodbye. The Pirates were an afterthought for decades but over the past several years have become legitimate contender in the National League Central. Having said that they have had the misfortune of being in the same division as the Cardinals which says why the Buccos haven’t won the division. We can talk about how clutch the Cards are but at this point in the season the Pirates are just a few games back and are a clutch team as well. The Pirates hand the ball to Charlie Morton who looks to bounce back from a pair of poor outings. In consecutive starts Morton has allowed eleven runs on 19 hits over 8.1 innings.
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The St Louis Cardinals have kept up a torrid pace throughout the season and still need a few wins to claim the National League Central. The Cardinals have won seven of ten and are the best team in baseball yet they are still in danger of not winning the National League Central which is the toughest division in the game. The Pitching heavy Redbird rely on their pitching more then any other team and a quick glance at their record and we see that’s not a bad plan. The offense isn’t built to score a ton of runs and don’t need to but the bats do seem to come up with their share of big hits to win tight games. Now I see Adam Wainwright is almost ready to return…wow.The Cardinals send Michael Wacha to the bump to oppose the Pirates on Wednesday. Overall Wacha has been one of the top members of the rotation with a 17-6 record and 3.15 ERA.
Wacha hasn’t been a rock solid hurler of late and I think he needs to tighten up things because runs could be at a premium in the postseason and as I said the Cardinals are not built for slug fests. Having said that I do believe St Louis can hit Morton and score some runs so I’ll back them…