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Cardinals vs. Pirates - 5/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (16-14) at St. Louis Cardinals (16-15)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 2:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

G Cole (2-3) (3.95) vs. M Wacha (2-2) (2.65)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -118 / Pittsburgh Pirates +108 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: RTPT/FSMW

The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals play a rubber game Sunday afternoon.

The Pittsburgh Pirates could use a win after losing five of their last six games. The Pirates have allowed 14 runs in their last three games and six or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have an ERA of 4.16 and have lost eight of their last 12 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 39 hits, Josh Harrison has 16 RBI and Andrew McCutchen has six home runs. Gerrit Cole gets the nod, and he’s 2-3 with a 3.95 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. Cole is 4-3 with a 2.91 ERA and 38 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

Cardinals vs. Pirates - 5/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. Louis Cardinals look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Cardinals have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 15 games. The St. Louis Cardinals offense continues to be the difference maker as they’ve won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Aledmys Diaz leads St. Louis with 37 hits, Stephen Piscotty has 21 RBI and Matt Carpenter has four home runs. Michael Wacha takes the hill, and he’s 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA and 32 strikeouts this season. Wacha is 3-1 with a 3.73 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 25-10 in their last 35 Sunday games and 36-16 in Coles last 52 starts. The Cardinals are 7-1 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series and 21-7 in Wachas last 28 home starts. The Pirates are 1-4 in Coles last 5 road starts vs. Cardinals. 

The Pirates are damn near unbackable while they're in this funk in which they're allowing a boatload of runs. Wacha is a solid pitcher on his home field and the Cards should have the advantage against a struggling Pittsburgh club. 

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St. Louis Cardinals -118

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