Pittsburgh Pirates (71-72) at St. Louis Cardinals (80-64)
|Date & Time||Wednesday September 12, 2018, 1:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals +100 / Pittsburgh Pirates -120 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals meet in the rubber match of their three game NL Central division set from Busch Stadium in MLB action on Wednesday.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to bounce back after dropping game two on Tuesday by a final score of 11-5. Corey Dickerson led the Bucs, going 2 for 4 with double and two RBIs, while Kevin Kramer, Kevin Newman and Adam Frazier each had an RBI with Frazier and Newman each contributing a double. Ryan Lavarnway and Josh Bell each added a double with Bell going 2 for 4 at the plate while Colin Moran and Francisco Cervelli each added a base hit to round out Pittsburgh’s offense in the loss. Joe Musgrove took the loss after allowing four runs on four hits while striking out eight over six innings of work. Jameson Taillon will start game three and is 12-9 with a 3.40 ERA and 152 strikeouts this season. In his career, Taillon is 2-1 with a 3.57 ERA and 42 strikeouts against the Cardinals.
The St. Louis Cardinals will look to win the set after taking game two in convincing fashion on Tuesday. Tyler O’Neill and Marcell Ozuna each had three RBIs with O’Neill adding a home run and Ozuna adding a double. Adolis Garcia and Paul DeJong each had an RBI while Matt Adams went 2 for 4 at the dish. Matt Carpenter, Yairo Munoz, Jose Martinez, Kolten Wong and Harrison Bader each had a base hit to cap off St. Louis’ offense in the winning effort. Miles Mikolas got the win to improve to 15-4 this season after allowing one run on five hits while striking out seven over seven innings of work. Daniel Poncedeleon will start game three and is 0-1 with a 2.67 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. This will be Poncedeleon’s first career start against Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh is 4-0 in Taillon’s last 4 starts and 1-5 in their last 6 road games while the under is 19-6-1 in their last 26 games overall. St. Louis is 23-9 in their last 32 games overall and 12-5 in their last 17 home games while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 Wednesday games. Pittsburgh is 1-6 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and 15-39 in the last 54 meetings between these two teams in St. Louis.
Taillon has had a ton of success lately, with the Pirates winning eight of his last ten starts. However, the Cardinals have been the hottest team in the majors over the last month, and something would seem strange about leaving even money on the table with them at home considering their push for the second wild card spot and the top spot in the division has brought them within reach of both. I’ll take a shot with St. Louis to win the series here.