St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/9/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (67-74) at St. Louis Cardinals (72-68)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7:15 pm (New Busch Stadium)
Chad Kuhl (7-10) (4.32) vs. C Martinez (11-10) (3.34)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -202 / Pittsburgh Pirates +187 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
Out at Bush Stadium on Saturday evening, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals will be picking up their MLB series once again.
In the Friday opener, the Cardinals scored twice in the fifth inning on the way to a 4-1 win.
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For the Saturday matchup, the Pirates will be going with RHP Chad Kuhl in the start. In his 141.2 innings and 7-10 record this year, Kuhl has a 4.32 ERA with 125 Ks and 63 BBs.
Pittsburgh has a few noteworthy hitters this year. Andrew McCutchen led the way coming into this set with 137 hits, 82 runs, 23 homers and 75 RBI while Josh Harrison had 132 hits, 66 runs, 16 homers and 47 RBI. Harrison is on the DL currently; McCutchen had a day off Friday.
Over on the Cardinals’ side, they’re rolling out RHP Carlos Martinez on Saturday. In his 183.0 innings and 11-10 record this year, Martinez has a 3.34 ERA with 192 Ks and 61 BBs.
St. Louis has a few key bats as well. Yadier Molina entered this set on 124 hits, 55 runs, 15 homers and 65 RBI while Tyler Pham had 116 hits, 78 runs, 19 homers and 61 RBI. In Friday’s game, Pham had a run; Molina posted one hit.
The Pirates are 4-10 in the last 14 during game two of a series and 2-5 in Kuhl’s last seven starts in game two of a series. Pittsburgh is also 1-4 in Kuhl’s last five starts with four days’ rest and 0-4 in Kuhl’s last four road starts.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 35-17 in their last 52 during game two of a series and 4-0 in Martinez’s last four starts with four days’ rest. St. Louis is also 9-3 in Martinez’s last 12 starts in game two of a series and 29-13 in Martinez’s last 42 starts versus a team with a losing record.
After giving up five earned in an 0-2 stretch, Kuhl came back with a nice game against the Cubs, going 7.0 innings with four hits and no earned. As for Martinez, he broke a string of four straight quality starts in Milwaukee but bounced back with a complete-game shutout on three hits in San Diego. This should be a pretty fun pitching matchup, and though I think the Cards can eke out a win, the play here is probably the under.