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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/8/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (67-74) at St. Louis Cardinals (72-68)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 8, 2017 at 8:15 pm (New Busch Stadium)

Trevor Williams (6-7) (4.21) vs. Luke Weaver (4-1) (2.50)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -173 / Pittsburgh Pirates +163 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSMW, ATPT

The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals meet Friday in MLB action at Busch Stadium. 

The Pittsburgh Pirates could use a win after losing six of their last 10 games. The Pirates have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost nine straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Andrew McCutchen leads the Pirates with 137 hits and 75 RBI while Josh Harrison and Josh Bell have combined for 256 hits and 130 RBI. Trevor Williams gets the ball, and he is 6-7 with a 4.14 ERA and 100 strikeouts this season. Williams is 1-1 with a 8.31 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals. 

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/8/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. Louis Cardinals look for a win after winning six of their last eight games. The Cardinals have scored 11 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won six straight games when scoring more than one run. Yadier Molina leads the Cardinals with 124 hits and 65 RBI while Tommy Pham and Jedd Gyorko have combined for 224 hits and 125 RBI. Luke Weaver gets the ball, and he is 4-1 with a 2.50 ERA and 45 strikeouts this season. Weaver is 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA and six strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 2-8 in their last 10 road games, 1-6 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 1-5 in Williams' last 6 road starts. The Cardinals are 5-2 in their last 7 Friday games, 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 4-0 in Weavers last 4 starts. The Pirates are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in St. Louis and the under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in St. Louis.

We have two hot pitchers on the mound here, as Williams has allowed just two runs in his last 20 innings while Weaver has given up four combined runs in his last 21.2 innings. The difference here is that the Cardinals are winning games and still have something to play for, while the Pirates find ways to lose and have had little recent success on the road. Have to side with St. Louis in this spot.

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