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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 5/31/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (28-26) at St. Louis Cardinals (29-24)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 7:15 pm (New Busch Stadium)

Trevor Williams (5-3) (3.43) vs. Jack Flaherty (2-1) (2.15)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -150 / Pittsburgh Pirates +140 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Midwest

NL Central MLB features the St. Louis Cardinals hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a shot at consecutive victories after upending the visiting Cubs 2-1 on Wednesday. Joe Musgrove carried Pittsburgh on the mound with a run given up on seven hits and four BB to improve to 1-0.

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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 5/31/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pirates totaled nine hits and three bases on balls with Josh Harrison going 2-4 with his second long ball while Gregory Polanco knocked in Corey Dickerson with a sacrifice fly.

Pittsburgh kicks off their series at St. Louis with right hander Trevor Williams on the mound. Williams was defeated 4-1 by the Cardinals last time out with all four runs plated on seven hits over four frames.

The St. Louis Cardinals bullpen gave away a late lead and the offense had no answers in a 3-2 loss at Milwaukee on Wednesday. St. Louis received four scoreless innings from Alex Reyes but John Gant, Tyler Lyons and Sam Tuivailala allowed a run each.

The Cardinals attack consisted of eight hits and three walks with Harrison Bader smacking his 5th long ball while Tommy Pham connected on a sacrifice fly hat plated Dexter Fowler who had three singles.

The Cards send Jack Flaherty to the bump to face Pittsburgh for the second straight time. Flaherty defeated the Pirates 4-1 with the lone run plated on a solo jack through six innings pitched.

Under is 22-8-3 in Pittsburgh last 33 Thursday games and Pittsburgh are 5-11 in their last 16 road games. Under is 6-2-1 in St. Louis last 9 overall and under is 6-2-1 in St. Louis last 9 on grass. Under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in St. Louis and Pittsburgh are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

This is a rematch on the mound from April where Pittsburgh won 6-2 at home. It’s tough to beat a team in back to back starts but Flaherty appears to be in a groove…

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