Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 7/9/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (55-30) at Pittsburgh Pirates (50-34)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
C Martinez (9-3) (2.70) vs. J Locke (5-4) (4.15)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -102 / St. Louis Cardinals -108 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Midwest, ROOT-Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals face off on Thursday at PNC Park for game one of their MLB series between the top two teams in the National League Central.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have been red hot and they have been able to close the gap on the Cardinals in the standings. The Pirates are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 29-15 at home, and they are 4.5 games back in the NL Central. As a team the Pirates are hitting .257 with Andrew McCutchen hitting .302, Starling Marte hitting .281, and Josh Harrison hitting .279. The Pirates pitching staff has an ERA of 2.87 with the starters at 3.05 and the bullpen at 2.50. For game one against the Cardinals the Pirates start Jeff Locke who has allowed 95 hits and 42 earned runs while striking out 70 over 91 innings for a 5-4 record and a 4.15 ERA.
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The St. Louis Cardinals have hit some rough spots of late but they hit Pittsburgh with the lead in the NL Central. The Cardinals are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 24-19 on the road, and they have the best overall record in baseball. As a team the Cardinals are hitting .259 with Jhonny Peralta hitting.292, Yadier Molina hitting .289, and Kolten Wong hitting .282. The Cardinals pitching staff has an ERA of 2.62 with the starters at 2.76 and the bullpen at 2.32. For game one against the Pirates the Cardinals start Carlos Martinez who has allowed 84 hits and 30 earned runs while striking out 105 over 100 innings for a 9-3 record and a 2.70 ERA.
Pittsburgh is 31-12 in their last 43 games, 59-28 in their last 87 home games, and 4-1 in Locke’s last five starts. St. Louis is 6-2 in game one of a series, 13-5 against a team with a winning record, and 4-1 in Martinez’s last five road starts. St. Louis is 1-4 in their last five meetings in Pittsburgh.
This series is going to have a playoff atmosphere and with these two starters scoring will be tough so my free pick is under the total. I also have a strong play on the winning team and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.