St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/6/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (80-53) at St. Louis Cardinals (86-48)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Busch Stadium)
G Cole (15-8) (2.69) vs. J Lackey (11-8) (2.87)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -105 / Pittsburgh Pirates -105 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The St Louis Cardinals look to extend their lead in the NL Central with a win against the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are chasing the Cardinals in the National League Central but have been stumbling a bit. The Pirates have lost five of six following a 4-1 defeat at Busch Stadium on Sunday. Charlie Morton was strong on the mound with two runs allowed (one earned) over six frames before Arquimedes Caminero allowed two more. The Buccos totaled six hits and walked three times with Pedro Alvarez delivering a pinch hit single that scored Neil Walker. The Pirates hand the ball to ace Gerrit Cole to face the Cardinals for the third time in 2015. Cole comes in off of a 7-4 defeat at Milwaukee with five runs allowed on eight hits in four frames.
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The St Louis Cardinals might be leading the National League Central but the Pirates are right on their tails. The Cardinals avoided a three game skid with Saturday’s victory with great pitching and a few clutch hits carried the day. Starter Jaime Garcia was at his best with a four hit, nine strikeout effort through seven scoreless innings. The Redbirds mustered six hits and five free passes with Matt Carpenter going deep and driving in two while Stephen Piscotty singled in a run. Veteran John Lackey gets the call to the mound in the final game of the series with the Pirates. Lackey has won consecutive contests with two earned runs plated on eleven hits and five BB over 12.2 innings.
The under is 8-2-1 in Cole’s last 11 road starts and is 7-2-1 in Cole’s last 10 Sunday starts while the Pirates are 39-17 in Cole’s last 56 starts. The over is 7-1-3 in St Louis last 11 games as a favorite and is 6-1-1 in their last 8 games as an underdog while the Cardinals are 9-3 in their last 12 overall. I don’t think many will give Lackey the edge here but I think he can get the job done…