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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/10/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (67-76) at St. Louis Cardinals (74-68)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 2:15 pm (New Busch Stadium)

I Nova (11-12) (4.11) vs. M Wacha (11-7) (4.21)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -180 / Pittsburgh Pirates +170 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSMW, ATPT

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

The Pittsburgh Pirates could use a victory here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Pirates have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost 11 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 259 hits and 130 RBI. Ivan Nova gets the ball, and he is 11-12 with a 4.11 ERA and 114 strikeouts this season. Nova is 1-1 with a 3.29 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.   

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/10/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. Louis Cardinals look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Cardinals have scored eight runs in this series and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won eight straight games when scoring more than one run. Yadier Molina leads the Cardinals with 127 hits and 67 RBI while Tommy Pham and Jedd Gyorko have combined for 222 hits and 125 RBI. Michael Wacha gets the ball, and he is 11-7 with a 4.21 ERA and 132 strikeouts this season. Wacha is 4-3 with a 4.39 ERA and 48 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 5-1 in their last 6 Sunday games, 0-6 in Novas last 6 road starts and 1-4 in Novas last 5 starts. The Cardinals are 1-5 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series, 1-4 in Wachas last 5 Sunday starts and 7-2 in Wachas last 9 starts with 4 days of rest. The Pirates are 2-9 in the last 11 meetings in St. Louis, the Cardinals are 5-1 in Wachas last 6 home starts vs. Pirates and the under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in St. Louis.

Both of these pitchers have had their hot and cold stretches this season, so this game is a toss-up in terms of who is on the mound. However, the Cardinals are playing great ball down the stretch and have something to play for with the playoffs within reach. The Pirates are falling apart and are counting the days until the offseason. Have to side with the hot Cardinals here at home and the fair price. 

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