Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 6/11/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (32-28) at Pittsburgh Pirates (32-28)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 7:15 pm (PNC Park)
C Martinez (6-5) (3.76) vs. F Liriano (4-5) (5.25)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -110 / St. Louis Cardinals +100 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
At PNC Park on Saturday, we’ve got more MLB intrigue coming as the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates continue their weekend series.
This will be the second game of the set. In Friday’s opener, the Cardinals blew a 3-2 lead in the ninth inning, but broke the game open in the 12th, scoring six runs and getting the extra-innings win 9-3.
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The Cardinals will be rolling out right-hander Carlos Martinez for Saturday’s game. In his 11 starts and 6-5 record this year, Martinez has posted a 3.76 ERA with a 1.13 WHIP in 67 innings. On Sunday against the Giants, Martinez got a victory with three runs on four hits in six innings.
It’s pretty easy to find the talent on the Cardinals’ roster. Stephen Piscotty has 68 hits with 38 runs and 34 RBI to lead the way. Aledmys Diaz has 66 hits with 42 runs and 32 RBI to his credit. Matt Carpenter is having a pretty good season as well with 61 hits, 44 runs and 42 RBI thus far. Carpenter blasted a homer on Friday as part of a 2-for-4 day that yielded three RBI.
Over on the Pirates’ side, we’ll be getting a look at lefty Francisco Liriano Saturday. It’s been a fairly rough 11 starts and 4-5 record for Liriano this year, as he’s sitting on a 5.25 ERA with a 1.64 WHIP in 61.2 innings. Liriano had previously been in line to start back on Wednesday, but was pushed back to allow him a little more side-work to try and get his rhythm back.
Fortunately for Pittsburgh, they’ve got lots of power in their bats these days. Starling Marte heads things up with 73 hits, 33 runs and 22 RBI this year. Josh Harrison has 67 hits with 27 runs and 29 RBI. Gregory Polanco has played well also with 65 hits, 41 runs and 39 RBI. Polanco went 0-for-5 on Friday.
The Cardinals are 4-0 in their last four game twos of a series, and 5-1 in their last five Saturday games. St. Louis is also 16-5 in Martinez’s last 21 road starts and 2-5 in Martinez’s last seven starts overall.
Meanwhile, the Pirates are 1-4 in their last five Saturday games, and 8-0 in Liriano’s last eight starts in game two of a series. Pittsburgh is also 4-0 in Liriano’s last four Saturday starts, and 14-2 in Liriano’s last 16 home starts.
Liriano has been pretty brutal lately, so I don’t have a lot of confidence in him. I’ll take the Cardinals for the slim win, with the likely scenario of the over coming in as well.