Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/25/14
St. Louis Cardinals (70-59) at Pittsburgh Pirates (67-63)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 25, 2014 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
John Lackey (R) (12-8) (3.881) vs. Francisco Liriano (L) (3-10) (4.183)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -119 / St. Louis Cardinals +109 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-MW, ROOT-PIT
The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates begin a three-game series at PNC Park on Monday.
The St. Louis Cardinals have won five of their last seven games and are 11 games above .500. The Cardinals offense has been producing lately, scoring four or more runs in 10 of their last 11 games. The Cards have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Matt Holliday has a six-game hitting streak and Matt Adams has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have an ERA of 3.61, which is 13th in the majors. John Lackey takes the hill, and he’s 12-8 with a 3.88 ERA and has 135 strikeouts in 162.1 innings. This is Lackey’s second career game against the Pirates.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost eight of their last 11 games and are four games above .500. The Pirates pitching staff has been rocked lately, allowing four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. Overall, the Pittsburgh Pirates have an ERA of 3.75, which is 18th in the majors, and they’ve lost eight straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Andrew McCutchen has homered twice in his last three games and Starling Mate has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. Starting is Francisco Liriano, who is 3-10 with a 4.18 ERA and has 127 strikeouts in 118.1 innings. Liriano is 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA in seven career starts against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 16-5 in their last 21 vs. National League Central and 3-7 in their last 10 during game 1 of a series. The Pirates are 2-5 in Lirianos last 7 home starts and 0-4 in Lirianos last 4 starts overall. The Cardinals are 5-12 in the last 17 meetings in Pittsburgh.
The Cardinals have been dreadful in Pittsburgh and the Pirates need a victory to stay within striking distance of the NL wild card race. While Liriano hasn't been himself this season, I get the feeling Pitt will get the job done at home.