St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/8/14
Pittsburgh Pirates (47-41) at St. Louis Cardinals (47-42)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Vance Worley (R) (2-1) (2.277) vs. Carlos Martinez (R) (2-0) (2.455)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -119 / Pittsburgh Pirates +109 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-PIT, FSN-MW
The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals will play game two of their division rivalry on Tuesday.
The Pirates have won six of their last eight games and are five games above a .500 record. Pitching has made the difference during this stretch, as the Pirates have allowed three or less runs in seven of their last eight games. Overall, the Pirates have an ERA of 3.74, 14th in all of baseball. Offensively, Andrew McCutchen has six RBI in his last six games and Starling Mate has hit safely in seven of his last eight games. Starting is Vance Worley, who is 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA and has 18 strikeouts in 27.2 innings. Worley is 0-0 with a 3.97 ERA in two career starts against the Cardinals.
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The Cardinals have split their last 10 games and are six games above a .500 record. The Cardinals lack of offense has killed them lately, as they’ve managed to string together three or less runs in eight of their last 10 games. Matt Holliday has just two RBI in his last 10 games, but Jhonny Peralta has homered twice in his last four games. Pitching, the Cardinals have the seventh best ERA in baseball at 3.33. Carlos Martinez takes the hill, and he’s 2-3 with a 3.91 ERA and has 46 strikeouts in 53 innings. Martinez is 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA in six career games against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 21-8 in their last 29 games vs. a right-handed starter and 9-3 in their last 12 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Cardinals are 4-0 in Martinezs last 4 starts and 64-27 in their last 91 home games vs. a right-handed starter. The Pirates are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in St. Louis.
It's hard to trust the Cardinals lately with the way they've been playing. I like the way Worley has pitched this season and there's value to getting the Pirates and the plus money.