St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 7/5/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (42-41) at St. Louis Cardinals (43-38)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Steven Brault (0-0) (0.00) vs. M Leake (5-6) (4.13)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -147 / Pittsburgh Pirates +137 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to stay red hot as they continue their series on the road against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday at Busch Stadium.
The Pirates steamrolled the Oakland Athletics in the Bay Area over the weekend and continued that forward momentum in St. Louis on Monday night as they netted a 4-2 victory and will look for yet another against a Cardinals side that will send Mike Leake to the mound to face off against Steven Brault who will make his major league debut in place of Jameson Taillon. The Pirates are now 7-3 in their last 10 contests and are starting to make some noise in the NL Central after struggling out of the gate and as winners of four in a row on the road they are certainly not shy to upstage their hosts and will look to do so again here against Leake who hasn’t been overly impressive in his new digs.
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The Cardinals head into today’s game sitting with a 43-38 record and holding a slim edge on the Bucs for second in the NL Central division and while they are both well back of the Cubs at this point there is still plenty of baseball left to be played and a division crown shouldn’t be ruled out of the equation quite yet. St. Louis has some pretty solid options at the plate and a respectable rotation but there seems to be something missing from them this season and while they are still a threat to make the playoffs it seems like they are a step behind despite a respectable record.
The Pirates are 4-1 in their last five against a team with a winning record, 4-0 in their last four road games, and 1-6 in their last seven against the NL Central while the Cards are 1-4 in Leake’s last five starts, 13-3 in their last 16 against the NL Central, and 3-7 in their last 10 home games. This one is a tough one to call as the Pirates are playing the better baseball but they are starting a rookie pitcher on the road in a place that isn’t kind to newcomers. In the end though, I think the Bucs are still the play as they are hitting the ball well and will be looking to get after Leake here in a hurry.