Pirates at Cardinals - 5/6/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (15-12) at St. Louis Cardinals (15-14)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 6, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
F Liriano (2-1) (3.86) vs. C Martinez (4-1) (2.60)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -125 / Pittsburgh Pirates +115 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals begin a three-game series Friday night.
The Pittsburgh Pirates could use a win in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The Pirates pitching staff has allowed six or more runs in five of their last seven games and 20 runs in their last three games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have an ERA of 4.23 and have lost 11 of their last 15 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 35 hits, Josh Harrison has 15 RBI and Andrew McCutchen has six home runs. Francisco Liriano gets the nod, and he’s 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. Liriano is 6-2 with a 2.40 ERA and 80 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
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The St. Louis Cardinals look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Cardinals are coming off a shutout win over the Phillies and have allowed three or less runs in five of their last 10 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have an ERA of 3.74 and have won five of their last seven games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Stephen Piscotty leads St. Louis with 34 hits, Aledmys Diaz has 16 RBI and Brandon Moss has seven home runs. Carlos Martinez takes the hill, and he’s 4-1 with a 2.60 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. Martinez is 2-3 with a 4.71 ERA and 43 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 6-2 in their last 8 games following an off day and 22-4 in Lirianos last 26 starts. The Cardinals are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 21-6 in Martinezs last 27 starts. The Pirates are 18-38 in the last 56 meetings in St. Louis and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings overall.
Any time I can get Martinez with plus money or a low line, I take it. Martinez is one of the top young pitchers in all of baseball and has been very consistent so far this season. With the Pirates struggling, I really like the Cards in this spot at home.