Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 7:15 PM (Busch Stadium)
St. Louis Cardinals -165 / Pittsburgh Pirates +145 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals meet in game two of a three game NL Central set in MLB action from Busch Stadium on Tuesday.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to rebound after losing their fourth straight game in four tries since the all-star break after being shut out in game one by a final score of 7-0. Bryan Reynolds went 3 for 4 with a double while Colin Moran added a two-bagger of his own. Adam Frazier, Corey Dickerson, Kevin Newman and Jung Ho Kang each chipped in a base hit as well in the lss for the Pirates. Joe Musgrove took the loss, falling to 6-7 on the year after giving up five runs, four earned, on five hits while walking three and striking out seven over 4.2 innings of work. Dario Agrazal will start game two and is 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA and 7 strikeouts this season. This will be Agrazal’s first career start against St. Louis.
The St. Louis Cardinals will look to keep the momentum going after starting the series with a big victory on Monday. Tyler O’Neill went 3 for 4 with a pair of home runs and four RBIs. Paul Goldschmidt had a double and an RBI while Dexter Fowler added an RBI of his own as well in the winning effort. Matt Carpenter, Paul DeJong and Miles Mikolas each had a base hit as well in the victory. Miles Mikolas got the win to improve to 6-9 on the year after throwing a complete game shutout, giving up just eight hits while striking out three. Jack Flaherty will start game two and is 4-6 with a 4.64 ERA and 107 strikeouts this season. In his career, Flaherty is 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA and 23 strikeouts against Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh is 0-5 in their last 5 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 games overall while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 division games. St. Louis is 0-4 in Flaherty’s last 4 starts and 1-5 in their last 6 Tuesday games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 division games. St. Louis is 4-0 in Flaherty’s last 4 starts against Pittsburgh.
Agrazal has gotten off to a strong start in his rookie campaign, and it hasn’t hurt that the Pirates have given him 26 runs of support in his last two starts, so the plus money could be worth a look given that the Cardinals have lost each of Flaherty’s last four starts. However, the Pirates have not been the same team that was on fire heading into the all-star break, and the Cardinals appear as if they’re starting to gain some confidence after stringing a few solid wins together over the last couple of days. Flaherty also has some solid numbers against Pittsburgh in his career, so while the price isn’t pretty, given the form of the two teams I think you have to lay the juice with St. Louis here.