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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Tuesday July 5, 2016
Time: 8:09 PM ET
Venue: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
Projected Pitchers: Jameson Taillon vs. Mike Leake
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cardinals -137
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 8.5
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Both of these teams have to be pleased about the Cubs’s recent struggles. Both still have a lot of work to do to become a threat to Chicago over the second half and this series is critical as both try and bridge the gap heading into the All-Star Break.
Pittsburgh has been tough to read this entire season but they usually get up for playing St. Louis.
Pittsburgh had a good week last week going 4-2 to get back to .500. That’s the launching point.
There are a lot of rumours about whether this club should write off the season and go into sell mode but I think it is a little too early for that.
The offense is more than good enough, they just need all facets of their pitching staff to be more consistent, and better, truthfully.
Jameson Taillon is a guy the Bucs have been waiting on for a while.
This is his rookie season and so far you can see some promise.
The most impressive thing through 5 starts has been his ability to limit his walks, it bodes well for him making a difference for the club. His last outing was a good one, 6IP ER against Seattle – no walks.
The Pirates have won 3 of his 5 starts in the big leagues.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cards are just a bit of ahead of Pittsburgh but they have a chance to deliver a pretty big blow with this four game series at home. They have been solid lately and even though they are second in runs I feel like they might have underperformed overall.
On offense the latest undiscovered gem is Aledmys Diaz.
He is betting .313 and slugging better than .500 from the shortstop position.
The expectation with Mike Leake is that it would be plug and play for the veteran lefty. He has not been terrible but right now he is looking at his worst ERA since 2012.
Leake is a finesse guy and when he gets hit he gets hit hard, too many games where he is giving up multiple homers.
Even thought he pen has not been terrible St. Louis is in flux at the back end of ballgames right now.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Under is 8-1-1 in STL last 10 home games.
- STL are 3-7 in their last 10 home games.
- PIT are 8-21 in the last 29 meetings in St. Louis.
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Prediction:
The Pirates think the world of Taillon and he is still making his first go around the league.
You know I love pitchers who have some advantage of surprise and that could the case in this one at likely underdog of even value.
Mike Leake is definitely not very confidence inspiring. If he were with most teams you would be in near auto fade territory. He is just not fooling many people these days.
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When these teams tussle you usually get a close game. I am not ready to say that Pittsburgh is back in the race but I like that they are playing better and Taillon should be alright to face a lineup that even though productive does not have that one hitter who will kill you.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 4 – St. Louis 3
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