Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals
|Date & Time||Sunday May 12, 2019, 2:15 PM (EDT)|
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Cardinals -152 / Pittsburgh Pirates +130 -- O/U: 8.5
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals meet in the finale of their four game NL Central division set in MLB action from Busch Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to win the series after a second straight 2-1 win over St. Louis in game three on Saturday. Gregory Polanco had a triple and an RBI while Josh Bell added an RBI of his own. Starling Marte and Elias Diaz each had base hits as well as Pittsburgh mustered up just four hits as a team in the winning effort. Jordan Lyles got the win to improve to 3-1 on the year after allowing one run on one hit while striking out six over six innings of work. Felipe Vazquez closed out the 9th for his 12th save of the season. Steven Brault will start the finale and is 0-1 with a 7.11 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season. In his career, Brault is 0-1 with a 3.43 ERA and 21 strikeouts against St. Louis.
The St. Louis Cardinals will look to salvage a series split after back-to-back losses on Friday and Saturday. Paul DeJong had a double and an RBI while Paul Goldschmidt chipped in a base hit as well as the Cardinals had just two hits as a team with the rest of the squad going 0 for 24 with 7 strikeouts in the losing effort. Miles Mikolas took the loss on the mound, giving up two runs on three hits while striking out seven over seven innings of work. Dakota Hudson will start the finale and is 2-3 with a 4.63 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. This will be Hudson’s first career start against Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh is 2-7 in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record and 5-2 in their last 7 Sunday games while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 games overall. St. Louis is 2-7 in their last 9 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games while the over is 3-1-1 in Hudson’s last 5 starts overall. Pittsburgh is 3-9 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams and 17-40 in the last 57 meetings between these two teams in St. Louis.
I’m tempted to take Pittsburgh and the plus money given the way the Pirates have really buckled down and stifled the Cardinals over the last couple of games. However, I think that the Cardinals are due to break out offensively after cooling off over the last week, and Brault has proven to be more than hittable this season. Hudson has had his moments but overall has been serviceable this season, so I’ll lay the juice with the Cardinals to earn a split on Sunday.