St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Free Pick - 10/9/13
Pittsburgh Pirates (94-68) at St. Louis Cardinals (97-65)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 8:07 pm (Busch Stadium)
Gerrit Cole (R) (11-7) (3.138) vs. Adam Wainwright (R) (20-9) (2.896)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -150 / Pittsburgh Pirates +135 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates head to Busch Stadium to face the St Louis Cardinals in game five of their NLDS.
Pittsburgh had their chance at eliminating the Cardinals and advancing to the NLCS where the Dodgers await put on hold in a 2-1 loss in game four to set the stage for Wednesday's decisive game five. The front page news was the Buccos nearly being no hit, but lost in the hoopla was an outstanding performance on the mound from Charlie Morton, who gave up both runs on three hits and four free passes over 5.2 innings pitched, which turned out to be a loss. That was probably a winning effort on most days, but the bats managed just one hit and that was a solo home run off the bat of Pedro Alverez in the 8th. The Pirates put their season on the line with rookie hurler Gerrit Cole Tuesday. Cole defeated the Cardinals in game two and has been scorching hot the past six times out where he has recorded a 1.66 ERA.
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The National League champion Cardinals rode the right arm of rookie Michael Wacha into a decisive game five in the friendly confines of Busch Stadium, which was the prize for winning the division. The Redbirds might not even be in this position if not for their rookie hurler, who cranked out 7+ no hit innings. Wacha was tagged for a solo homer by Pedro Alverez and issued a pair of base on balls through 7.1 frames, while striking out nine. The St Louis lineup did very little at the plate with only three hits and four walks, but that turned out just fine when Matt Holliday blasted a two run bomb in the 6th that plated Carlos Beltran, who had walked. St Louis turns to game one winner Adam Wainwright to finish off the Pirates and send the Cards to the NLCS. Wainwright was at his best in the opener with a single run given up over seven frames, while striking out nine.
Both pitchers are capable of tossing a gem and that would hardly be a surprise. This is what it's all about and might be a game to sit back and enjoy because it's a toss up so that means take the better odds which is probably a stretch...