St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/26/14
Pittsburgh Pirates (9-14) at St. Louis Cardinals (12-11)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 4:05 pm (Busch Stadium)
Francisco Liriano (L) (0-3) (4.219) vs. Tyler Lyons (L) (0-1) (3.000)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -111 / Pittsburgh Pirates +101 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-PIT, FSN-MW, FS1
The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals will play game two on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals won game one, 1-0.
The Pirates have lost four straight games and seven of their last eight. It’s the same song and dance for the Pirates, as they simply can’t score. In the 24 games this season, the Pirates have been held to three or less runs 14 times. That includes four straight games of the Pirates scoring two or less runs. Pedro Alvarez leads the Pirates with 14 RBI but has just one hit in his last four games. Francisco Liriano gets the nod for the Pirates, and he’s 0-3 on the season with a 4.22 ERA and held the Cubs scoreless in six innings in his last start. Liriano is 4-1 with a 1.95 ERA in five career starts against the Cardinals.
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The Cardinals took game one but have still lost four of their last six games. Much like the Pirates, the Cardinals are having scoring troubles of their own. Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina are the only two Cardinals with double-digit RBI, and the Cards have been held to two or less runs in five of their last six games. The Cardinals are 3-11 in their 14 games this season when scoring three or less runs. Tyler Lyons gets the start on Saturday, and he’s 0-1 on the year with a 3.00 ERA and has seven strikeouts in six innings. Lyons allowed three earned runs in six innings, picking up the loss in his only career game against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 6-2 in Liriano's last 8 starts vs. a team with a winning record and 1-5 in Liriano's last 6 road starts. The Cardinals are 1-6 in Lyons' last 7 starts and 5-1 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series. The Pirates are 4-1 in Liriano's last 5 starts vs. Cardinals.
Liriano has been great in his career against the Cardinals and has also been pretty solid this season. Neither team can score runs, so it's better to take the better starting pitcher, especially when we're getting plus money.