St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 5/6/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (15-13) at St. Louis Cardinals (15-14)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 6, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
F Liriano (2-1) (3.86) vs. C Martinez (4-1) (2.60)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -125 / Pittsburgh Pirates +115 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Midwest, ROOT-Pittsburgh
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates face off on Friday in game one of their MLB series of NL Central rivals.
The St. Louis Cardinals are 15-14 this season and they are in third place in the National League Central. The Cardinals are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 8-8 at home and they are seven games behind the Cubs in the NL Central. As a team the Cardinals are hitting .270 with Aledmys Diaz leads the Cardinals hitting .381, Yadier Molina is hitting .323, and Stephen Piscotty is hitting .301. The Cardinals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.74 with the starters at 4.14 and the bullpen at 2.85. For game one against the Pirates the Cards start Carlos Martinez who has allowed 23 hits and 10 earned runs while striking out 28 over 34.2 innings for a 4-1 record and a 2.60 ERA.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates are 15-13 and that is good enough for second place in the NL Central. The Pirates have lost their last four games, are 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they are 8-6 on the road. As a team the Pirates are hitting .282 with Josh Harrison hitting .320, Starling Marte hitting .315, and Jordy Mercer hitting .313. The Pirates pitching staff has an ERA of 4.23 with the starters at 4.27 and the bullpen at 4.17. For game one at St. Louis the Pirates start Francisco Liriano who has allowed 24 hits and 12 earned runs while striking out 29 over 28 innings for a 2-1 record and a 3.86 ERA.
St. Louis is 90-42 in their last 132 home games, 1-4 in game one of a series, 5-1 at home against a left-handed starter, and 21-6 in Martinez’s last 27 starts. Pittsburgh is 6-2 following an off day, 7-3 in game one of a series, 3-7 following a loss, and 22-4 in Liriano’s last 26 starts. Pittsburgh has won four of their last five games against St. Louis.
The Pirates are slumping right now and it has been feat or famine for them and while I expect them to up their game here, Liriano just hasn’t had his best stuff of late.