St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 8/27/20 MLB Game 2 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 8/27/20 MLB Game 2 Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Pirates (7-19) at St. Louis Cardinals (10-9)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 6:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

Chad Kuhl (1-1) (2.84) vs. Johan Oviedo (0-0) (3.60)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -175 / Pittsburgh Pirates +161 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals meet Thursday in game two of an MLB doubleheader at Busch Stadium. 

The Pittsburgh Pirates need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Pirates have scored eight runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last nine games. The Pirates are 0-14 this season when scoring three or less runs. Colin Moran leads the Pirates with 21 hits and 11 RBI while Kevin Newman and Adam Frazier have combined for 40 hits and 15 RBI. Derek Holland gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 6.17 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. Holland is 0-1 with a 7.56 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

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The St. Louis Cardinals look for a win after winning six of their last nine games. The Cardinals have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Cardinals have won six of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Paul Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals with 21 hits and nine RBI while Tommy Edman and Kolten Wong have combined for 31 hits and 13 RBI. Johan Oviedo gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA and four strikeouts this season. This will be Oviedo’s first career game against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 17-37 in their last 54 vs. National League Central, 26-57 in their last 83 games as an underdog and 19-44 in their last 63 road games. The Cardinals are 14-3 in their last 17 Thursday games, 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 35-17 in their last 52 games as a favorite. The under is 3-1-3 in Pirates last 7 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Cardinals last 5 overall. The Pirates are 21-47 in the last 68 meetings in St. Louis and 8-22 in the last 30 meetings.

Always tough to predict the second game of a doubleheader without knowing what took place in the first game, but it's the St. Louis Cardinals that's playing easily the better baseball and has seen an improved offense. The Pittsburgh Pirates can't score runs, aren't winning games and Holland isn't a pitcher I'm trying to back. I'll take the Cards here and lay the RL for max value.

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Randy’s Pick St. Louis Cardinals -1.5

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