Pirates vs. Cardinals - 6/12/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (34-28) at Pittsburgh Pirates (32-30)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 5:05 pm (PNC Park)
M Leake (4-4) (4.22) vs. J Niese (6-2) (3.93)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -125 / St. Louis Cardinals +115 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Cardinals look to complete the sweep over the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday on ESPN.
The St. Louis Cardinals look to keep rolling after winning six of their last seven games. The Cardinals have scored 17 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last seven games. The St. Louis Cardinals offense has been hot lately, and they’ve won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Stephen Piscotty leads St. Louis with 68 hits, Aledmys Diaz has 32 RBI and Matt Carpenter has 10 home runs. Mike Leake gets the nod, and he’s 4-4 with a 4.22 ERA and 47 strikeouts this season. Leake is 8-4 with a 3.16 ERA and 101 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Pirates have allowed 25 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have an ERA of 4.22 and have lost five straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 73 hits, Gregory Polanco has 39 RBI and Andrew McCutchen has nine home runs. Jonathon Niese takes the hill, and he’s 6-2 with a 3.93 ERA and 49 strikeouts this season. Niese is 4-3 with a 3.45 ERA and 40 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 13-5 in their last 18 during game 3 of a series and 5-2 in Leakes last 7 starts. The Pirates are 14-6 in their last 20 Sunday games and 0-4 in their last 4 during game 3 of a series. The Cardinals are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Pittsburgh.
It's only a matter of time before the Pirates get back on track and they haven't been swept in a month since playing the Chicago Cubs. Niese has also been solid overall this season and Pitt has success with him on the hill. I expect the home team to prevent the sweep.