Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 9/28/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (98-58) at Pittsburgh Pirates (95-60)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 28, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
L Lynn (12-10) (3.16) vs. J Happ (10-8) (3.88)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -120 / St. Louis Cardinals +110 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh, FS-Midwest
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals face off on Monday in game one of their National League Central matchup.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have clinched a post-season spot but they still have a chance to win the NL Central. The Pirates are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 50-25 at home, and they trail the Cardinals by 3 games in the NL Central standings. As a team the Pirates are hitting .262 with Francisco Cervelli hitting .304, Andrew McCutchen hitting .293, and Starling Marte hitting .290. The Cardinals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.21 with the starters at 3.53 and the bullpen at 2.61. For game one against the Cardinals the Pirates start J.A. Happ who has allowed 48 hits and 13 earned runs while striking out 58 over 51.1 innings for a 6-2 record and a 2.28 ERA since joining the Pirates.
USA TODAY Sports
The St. Louis Cardinals control their own destiny and they have the best record in baseball this season. The Cardinals are 7-3 in their last 10 games and 43-32 on the road. As a team the Cardinals are hitting .255 with Jason Heyward hitting .287, Jhonny Peralta hitting .274, and Yadier Molina hitting .270. The Cardinals pitching staff has an ERA of 2.87 with the starters at 2.99 and the bullpen at 2.65. For game one at Pittsburgh the Cardinals start Lance Lynn who has allowed 161 hits and 58 earned runs while striking out 159 over 165.1 innings for a 12-10 record and a 3.16 ERA.
Pittsburgh is 41-16 in their last 57 home games, 35-17 in their last 52 games, and 7-1 in Happ’s last eight starts. St. Louis is 7-1 in their last eight Monday games, 5-2 in their last seven road games, and 1-4 in Lynn’s last five starts against the NL Central. St. Louis is 1-5 in their last six games in Pittsburgh.
This one will be tight and I see this one coming in under the total and that is my free pick. My stronger pick is on the winning team and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.