MLB Prediction: Pirates vs Cardinals
Major League Baseball betting sees the Pittsburgh Pirates taking on the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday September 4th at Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri . Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all MLB season long so stay tuned for more FREE MLB baseball predictions.
Pittsburgh Pirates (79-513) at St. Louis Cardinals (86-47)
Date: Friday September 4th
Time: 8:15 PM
Venue: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
MLB Betting Lines: Pittsburgh Pirates +125, St. Louis Cardinals -150
MLB Betting Total: 7.5
Probable Pitchers: Pittsburgh: J.A. Happ (3-1, 1.98 ERA) St. Louis: Carlos Martinez (13-6, 2.91 ERA) strong>
The Pirates head into St. Louis and while Pittsburgh is looking in good shape to make the playoffs they may need to take or sweep this series to win the NL Central division. The Cardinals are 6.5 games up on the Pirates in the division, but they are in the lead in the NL Wild Card spot 4 games up on the Cubs.
The Cardinals are 37-16 in their last 53 home games against the Pirates.
The Pirates have not helped their cause to avoiding the Wild Card playoff game, as they have lost 4 straight overall.
The strength of the Pirates this season has been their pitching, which ranks 2nd in the Majors in team ERA. However, in their 4-game slide the pitching has struggled giving up a total of 26 runs.
Pittsburgh picked up pitcher J.A. Happ before the trade deadline and while he was not great in Seattle before the trade he has won his last 3 starts with the Pirates with an ERA of only 0.51 in that span.
Happ is only 1-8 with an ERA of 6.79 ERA in 10 starts against the Cardinals.
Happ has not faced the Cardinals since the 2012 season. Still, in his last 3 starts against the Cardinals in St. Louis he is 0-3 with a sky-high ERA of 12.34.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals have the best record in baseball and while they only rank 19th in the Majors in runs scored they have the best team ERA.
The Cardinals had their 4-game winning streak snapped in their last game, which was a 4-3 loss to the Washington Nationals.
Carlos Martinez has faced the Pirates 3 times this season and in his first outing against them he gave up 7 runs in only 5 innings of work in a St. Louis loss, but the Pirates have won their last 2 games facing the Cardinals with him on the hill.
In his last 2 starts facing Pittsburgh Martinez has only given up 3 runs in 15 innings of work.
The Cardinals are 13-3 in Martinez’s last 16 home starts.
MLB Betting Trends:
* Pirates are 0-4 in their last 4 overall.
* Pirates are 23-8 in their last 31 vs. a team with a winning record.
* Pirates have an Over record of 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
* Cardinals are 9-2 in their last 11 overall.
* Cardinals are 63-23 in their last 86 home games.
4* MLB Betting Prediction: Cleveland ML
The Pirates are cold right now and could use a good start from Happ, which they will get tonight.
MLB Baseball Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 5- St. Louis 3
Pittsburgh will snap their losing streak tonight with a win tonight keeping alive their slim chance ot overtaking the Cardinals in the NL Central.
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