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2018 MLB Season
(71-72) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals (79-64)
Date: Wednesday September 12, 2018
Time: 1:35 PM ET
Venue: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO.
Projected Starters: Taillon vs. Poncedeleon
MLB Moneyline Odds: Pirates -113 | Cardinals +103
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: OFF
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8½
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The Pirates didn’t have much trouble against Adam Wainwright in his return to the big leagues on Monday but the bullpen failed to hold onto a late lead and the Pirates lost in St. Louis.
Matt Adams hit a clutch three-run home run in the eighth inning to give the Birds a one-run lead. They added an insurance run later.
Jameson Taillon is starting to look like the heralded prospect that he was before he beat testicular cancer and made his comeback as a pro ballplayer.
He’s got a 115 ERA+ and a WHIP just over 1.20 but it’s the stuff that’s looked the best. He’s striking out 8.3 per nine with 99 mile per hour heat and plus secondary stuff.
Taillon has given up just five runs in his last four starts (24 innings pitched). He gave up three runs in 14.1 innings in back-to-back starts against the Cardinals in the last week of May and first week of June, his only two starts against St. Louis this season.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals extended their lead over the Dodgers on Monday with the win after LA lost in Cincinnati earlier in the evening.
Yadier Molina missed his fourth consecutive game with a hamstring problem. The injury doesn’t sound particularly serious and Mike Shildt says he hopes to get his backstop back this week.
Adam Wainwright wasn’t good on Monday but he didn’t look awful either. He got bit by the long ball, which can be expected in his first game back. He’s going to make an impact down the stretch.
Carlos Martinez is making his impact in a new way, serving as St. Louis’ new closer. He looked like a Cy Young candidate after his first eight starts before getting hurt. He struggled to return as a starter and has finished the game in each of his last three outings, earning a save each time.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Under is 19-6-1 in PIT last 26 overall.
- Under is 19-6-1 in PIT last 26 on grass.
- PIT are 11-5 in their last 16 Wed. games.
- STL are 22-9 in their last 31 overall.
- STL are 22-9 in their last 31 games on grass.
- STL are 11-5 in their last 16 home games.
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Prediction: under.
Taillon is rolling and I love Poncedeleon’s stuff. If he can keep Pittsburgh in the yard, he should do well.
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MLB Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 1 – St. Louis 3
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