Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 5/8/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (21-7) at Pittsburgh Pirates (12-15)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 8, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
M Wacha (4-0) (1.93) vs. F Liriano (1-1) (1.95)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -119 / St. Louis Cardinals +109 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Midwest, Root-Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to slow the surging St Louis Cardinals in their series opener on Friday.
The St Louis Cardinals look like the team to beat in the National League Central and it seems that way every year although the rest of the division has almost five months to change that. The Chicago Cubs didn’t change anything Thursday with the Redbirds capturing a 5-1 decision behind solid hitting and pitching. Starter John Lackey was dominant with a run allowed on five hits while striking out ten over 7.2 frames to up his record to 2-1. The Cards produced ten hits and walked once with Peter Bourjos going 1-2 with an RBI and a run while Jason Heyward was 3-4 with three runs scored. The Cardinals open the series with Pittsburgh with Michael Wacha on the hill who opposed the Pirates last time out. Wacha tossed five hit shutout over 6.2 frames in a 3-2 victory.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates need to win series and gain some ground on St Louis and they come in with a nice tune up win over Cincinnati by a 7-2 count. Veteran AJ Burnett came up big on the mound with both runs plated on seven hits and a pair of bases on balls through seven innings to get the win. The bats also contributed with a hefty eleven hit, seven walk attack that saw Starling Marte and Chris Stewart knock in two runs each. Gregory Polanco, Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen scored two runs each with every starter reaching base. Veteran left hander Francisco Liriano toes the rubber for the second time against the Cardinals. Liriano faced the Redbirds last time out with a single run allowed on three hits and three BB in eight innings of a 2-1 loss.
St Louis are 7-1 in their last 8 Friday games and are 43-21 in their last 64 overall while the Cardinals are 43-21 in their last 64 games on grass. The Over is 5-2-2 in Pittsburgh’s last 9 home games while the Pirates are 35-17 in their last 52 Friday games with the under is 13-4-2 in Liriano’s last 19 on grass. This has all the makings of a great game but with the pitching about equal I give a slight edge to the Cards….