Pittsburgh Pirates (24-34) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (34-27)
June 14, 2022 1:15 pm EDT
The Line: Game 1: St. Louis Cardinals +118 / Pittsburgh Pirates -145; Over/Under: 9 --- Game 2: St. Louis Cardinals -238 / Pittsburgh Pirates +189 ; Over/Under:
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The Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals meet Tuesday in MLB doubleheader action from Busch Stadium. These will be the second and third installments in a four-game series. In the Monday opener of this set, the Cardinals managed a two-run win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Pittsburgh played the Braves over the weekend and didn’t have any luck in a four-game sweep. In the Monday opener versus the Cardinals, the Pirates blew a 5-0 lead in an eventual 7-5 defeat. Starter Mitch Keller finished with 5.1 innings, two earned, seven hits and a walk.
For the Tuesday game one start, the Pirates are going with JT Brubaker. In 12 starts this year Brubaker is 0-6 with a 4.60 ERA. As for game two, Pittsburgh will send out Bryse Wilson. In eight games (five starts) so far Wilson is 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA.
Over on the Cardinals’ side, they won Friday and Saturday versus the Reds but fell 7-6 in the Sunday finale. On Monday, St. Louis bagged five runs in the sixth inning during the comeback victory. Zack Thompson lasted 5.0 frames in the start with five earned on seven hits and two walks.
For Cardinals game one starting duties it’ll go to Matthew Liberatore. In three starts this year Liberatore is 1-1 with a 5.54 ERA. Over 13.0 innings he’s got 16 hits, eight earned, eight walks and 10 Ks. In game two St. Louis is sending out Mikes Mikolas. This year in 12 games Mikolas is 4-4 with a 2.93 ERA and 60 Ks in 73.2 innings.
The Pirates are 42-103 in their last 145 road games and 1-7 in their last eight Tuesday games. Pittsburgh is 10-41 in their last 51 in game three of a series.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 2-6 in their last eight Tuesday games and the under is 5-1 in their last six Tuesday games. The over is 6-2 in St. Louis’ last eight second games of doubleheaders.
GAME 1 PICK: I’m probably sticking with the Cardinals here. Liberatore does need a good outing, though; in two of his last three games he’s got eight earned in 8.0 innings. Liberatore did put up 5.0 clean innings in a win over Milwaukee on May 28 though, and should be able to handle the Pirates lineup.
GAME 2 PICK: Probably leaning Cardinals in this one again. Mikolas hasn’t quite been perfect himself lately, though. He’s got 12 earned in his last three starts, but Mikolas did post a nice line against Tampa Bay his last time up.