Free MLB Prediction: Cardinals vs Pirates Odds
Major League Baseball betting sees the St. Louis Cardinals taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday September 28th at PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all MLB season long so stay tuned for more FREE MLB baseball predictions.
St. Louis Cardinals (98-58) at Pittsburgh Pirates (95-61)
Date: September 28th
Time: 7:10 PM
Venue: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
MLB Betting Lines: St. Louis Cardinals +127, Pittsburgh Pirates -137
MLB Betting Total:7.0
Probable Pitchers: Cardinals RH Lance Lynn (12-10, 3.16 ERA) vs. Pirates LH J.A. Happ (10-8, 3.88)
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Two teams that have both clinched playoff spots still have a lot to play for as they begin a 3 game set in Pittsburgh on Monday.
While both teams are guaranteed at least a Wild Card spot, the NL Central race is far from decided.
Currently, the Cardinals hold a 3.0 game lead on the Pirates for first place.
While there is that, Pittsburgh is still fighting to keep off the Cubs for the 1st overall Wild Card and home field advantage in the 1 game playoff.
The Cardinals might be the least talked about team in baseball. They 98 win team is certainly flying under the radar and that is probably thanks in large part to their fast start out of the gate and sole possession of first place for the entire season.
However, things are getting a bit dicey here as they need to make sure they come away with a good result in Pittsburgh. A series win will certainly be enough to pretty much give them the NL Central.
With this crucial series kicking off Monday, RH Lance Lynn gets the call for the Cardinals.
The RH put the brakes on his 3 game losing streak last time out as he allowed just 3 hits in 6.0 scoreless innings against the Reds.
Lynn is 5-5 against the Pirates in his career and was knocked around back on August 13th. Lynn allowed 7 runs (3 earned) while only recording 2 outs.
The Pirates are in the midst of 2 separate battles, but they’ll need quite the comeback or quite the collapse if their position in the standings is going to change.
While Pittsburgh’s likely destination is the NL Wild Card Game at home, a sweep over the Cardinals would put them in a tie for first and make the last 4 games pressured packed.
Trying to start the series off on the right foot, Pittsburgh will send LH J.A. Happ to the hill. The southpaw is 10-8 with an ERA of 3.88 on the season.
Last time out Happ defeated Colorado when he struck out 8 in 5.1 innings. Happ allowed just 3 runs and really has been a centerpiece to this Pirates rotation since being traded from the Mariners.
Happ is 6-2 since being acquired.
MLB Betting Trends:
- Cardinals are 7-1 in their last 8 Monday games.
- Cardinals are 6-2 in their last 8 road games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Cardinals are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. National League Central.
- Pirates are 19-7 in their last 26 when their opponent allows 5 runs or more in their previous game.
Pirates are 8-3 in their last 11 Monday games.
4* Free MLB Betting Prediction: St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals have been the most consistent team in the MLB this year. This is their chance to really just put a dagger in the NL Central race.
MLB Baseball Free Score Prediction: St. Louis 5- Pittsburgh 3
St. Louis gets a quality start from Lance Lynn as they take the series opener.
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