Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 6/10/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (32-28) at Pittsburgh Pirates (32-27)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 10, 2016 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
M Wacha (2-6) (5.16) vs. G Cole (5-4) (2.85)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -145 / St. Louis Cardinals +135 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, MLBN, FSM
We’ve got a very interesting MLB matchup starting on Friday at PNC Park between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Cardinals just finished up a series against the Reds. St. Louis and Cincinnati split the first two games, and then on Thursday in the finale the Cardinals eked out a 3-2 victory to take the series.
As for the Pirates, they clashed with the Mets and Rockies this week. Pittsburgh won the Mets series 2-1, and on Thursday the Pirates dropped a game 11-5 to Colorado.
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For Friday’s opener, the Cardinals will be rolling with right-hander Michael Wacha. In his 12 starts this year alongside a 2-6 record, Wacha has produced a 5.16 ERA with a 1.51 WHIP in 66.1 innings. On Saturday in a no-decision against the Giants, Wacha gave up four earned in five innings.
The St. Louis lineup has been a little better than expected this year. Stephen Piscotty is sitting on 68 hits with 38 runs and 34 RBI. Piscotty came up empty 0-for-4 on Thursday. Aledmys Diaz has 66 hits with 41 runs and 32 RBI. Matt Carpenter has produced 59 hits with 42 runs, nine homers and 39 RBI.
The Pirates will be countering with right-hander Gerrit Cole on Friday. In his 11 starts and 5-4 record this year, Cole has put forth a 2.85 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP in 66.1 innings. On Sunday in a no-decision against the Angels, Cole gave up three earned in 6.2 innings of work.
The Pittsburgh batting order is pretty well-balanced from top to bottom. Starling Marte heads the charge on 71 hits with 31 runs and 22 RBI. Josh Harrison is right there as well with 67 hits, 27 runs and 28 RBI. Gregory Polanco has 65 hits, 51 runs and 39 RBI to his credit thus far. Polanco went 0-for-4 with a run on Thursday.
The Cardinals are 2-6 in their last eight game ones of a series, and 1-6 in their last seven Friday games. St. Louis is also 5-0 in Wacha’s last five starts with five days’ rest, and 2-6 in Wacha’s last eight starts overall.
Meanwhile, the Pirates are 6-1 in their last seven game ones of a series, and 40-16 in their last 56 Friday games. Pittsburgh is also 14-2 in Cole’s last 16 Friday starts and 20-7 in Cole’s last 27 starts in game one of a series.
Judging by the pitching matchup here, I’m going with Cole and the Pirates over Wacha and the Cardinals. Pittsburgh’s offense should take care of the rest.