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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Free Pick- 8/15/13

Pittsburgh Pirates (71-48) at St. Louis Cardinals (68-51)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 1:45 pm (Busch Stadium)

AJ Burnett (R) (5-8) (2.948) vs. Lance Lynn (R) (13-6) (3.788)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -125 / Pittsburgh Pirates +115 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh, FS-Midwest

The St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates face off on Thursday in St. Louis as they close out their series.

The St. Louis Cardinals were closing the gap on the Pirates but they took a step back with a loss on Wednesday. Matt Carpenter, Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday, and Jon Jay all had hits as the Cardinals scored one run on four hits. Starting pitcher Shelby Miller has allowed eight hits and five runs while striking out striking out five over 6.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 11-8 on the season. For Thursday’s game the Cardinals start Lance Lynn who lost last time out who always seems to get some run support. For the season Lynn has allowed 127 hits and 63 earned runs while striking out 145 over 149.2 innings for a 13-6 record and a 3.79 ERA.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Free Pick- 8/15/13

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The Pittsburgh Pirates refuse to go away as they took down the Cardinals on Wednesday. Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walked had two hits each and Pedro Alvarez and Garrett Jones each had home runs as the Pirates scored five runs on eight hits. Starting pitcher Francisco Liriano allowed four hits and a run while striking out six over a full nine innings to get the win and go to 13-5 on the year. For Thursday’s game the Pirates start A.J. Burnett who has the lowest ERA of his career. For the season Burnett has allowed 114 hits and 44 earned runs while striking out 149 over 134.1 innings for a 5-8 record and a 2.95 ERA.

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St. Louis is 13-7 in their last 20 home games, 2-10 in their last 12 games as a favorite, and 12-4 in Lynn’s last 16 starts. Pittsburgh is 7-2 in their last nine games as an underdog, 6-2 against a team with a winning record, and 4-11 in Burnett’s last 15 starts as an underdog. Pittsburgh is 7-2 in the last nine meetings of these two.

Lynn seems to get support while Burnett always seems to have no support mixed with tough luck but the Cardinals have been awful of late and the Pirates seem to have their number.

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