Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/9/14
St. Louis Cardinals (18-17) at Pittsburgh Pirates (14-20)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 9, 2014 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Michael Wacha (R) (2-3) (2.551) vs. Francisco Liriano (L) (0-3) (4.539)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -105 / St. Louis Cardinals -105 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Midwest, ROOT-Pittsburgh
The St Louis Cardinals open a series at PNC Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.
The Cardinals have been anything but consistent thus far but they aren't in bad shape with every team in the NL Central but the Brewers in the same boat. St Louis has shown some signs of righting the ship as winners in three of four after toppling the Braves 7-1 on Wednesday behind ace Adam Wainwright. Wainwright allowed the lone run on six hits in eight innings to improve to 6-2 with a 2.02 ERA. The offense provided 13 hits with Matt Holliday driving in three while Peter Bourjos homere and knocked in two. The Cardinals hand the ball to Michael Wacha in the series opener at Pittsburgh. Wacha has thrown the ball well with a 2.55 ERA but his 2-5 record says he doesn't get a lot of support.
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Pittsburgh has gotten off to the slowest start of any of the contenders in the Central at 14-20 with run support being a major concern although the work on the mound hasn't been up to par either. The Pirates improved to 4-2 in their last six after knocking off visiting San Francisco 4-3 in the series rubber match on Wednesday. The Buccos provded two runs in the first and second for an early 4-1 lead and hung on from there with Geritt Cole giving up all three runs on seven hits through eight frames. Travis Snider paced a 12 hit attack with a two run jack with Andrew McCutchen and Stralin Marte driving in single runs. Left hander Francisco Liriano is scheduled to be on the mound in game one of their series with the Cardinals. Liriano was one of the top options for the Pirates last year but his 4.54 ERA is indicative of a slow start.
Wacha has to get some runs to work with here and Liriano has to regain his form of 2013. Those are the keys in what looks to be a toss up where I'd probably side with the Redbirds if forced to choose...