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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals Moneyline Pick

Time: 8 PM EST Wednesday July 9, 2014 ESPN

Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri

The St. Louis Cardinals host the Pittsburgh Pirates in a National League match up.

In their last games: Yesterday the Cardinals beat the Pirates 5-4 in Game 3 of this 4-game series.

Kevin Wong hit a 9th inning game-winning HR in the Cardinals win.

The Cardinals are 6-5 this season facing the Pirates.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Cardinals are 10-2 in their last 12 home games against the Pirates.

The Cardinals are 1-4 in Lynn’s last 5 starts against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 4-1 in Brandon Cumpton’s last 5 starts.

Pitching Match Up
Pittsburgh: Brandon Cumpton (3-2, 4.61 ERA)
St. Louis: Lance Lynn (9-6, 3.17 ERA)

Betting Odds

Money Line: Pirates +123 / Cardinals -133
Run Line: St. Louis -1.5 +160
Total Line: 7.5

Straight up, Over/Under and Runline Records
Pittsburgh Pirates: 47-43 SU / O/U 40-43 / Run Line W/L 49-41
St. Louis Cardinals: 49-42 SU / O/U 36-48 / Run Line W/L 41-50

Key Betting Trends
• PITT is 12-5 in their last 17 overall.
• PITT is 10-3 in their last 13 games vs. a right-handed starter.
• PITT has an Over record of 7-3 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record.
• STL is 5-2 in their last 7 overall.
• STL is 5-2 in their last 7 home games.
• STL has an Under record of 10-3-2 in their last 15 home games.

Key Player Injuries

PIRATES
Gerrit Cole SP Out Jul 8 shoulder Status uncertain
Clint Barmes SS D.L. Jul 6 groin Mid-August?
Francisco Liriano SP D.L. Jun 11 ribs Mid-July

CARDINALS
Michael Wacha SP D.L. Jun 22 shoulder Out indefinitely
Kevin Siegrist RP D.L. May 24 arm Out indefinitely
Joe Kelly SP D.L. Apr 17 hamstring July 11

Moneyline Pick:

The Cardinals send Lance Lynn to the mound tonight. Lynn had been sharp at home with 6 quality starts in his last 7, giving up a total of 10 earned runs in a combined 47 innings. However, that said, Lynn has not fared well against the Pirates as of late getting rocked for 34 hits, 3 home runs and 20 earned runs in 19 innings in his last 4 against them. Pittsburgh starter Brandon Cumpton has had 3 QS in a row giving up a combined 5 runs over 20 innings. The young right hander seems to be settling in his grove now with the Pirates winning in 4 of his last 5 starts. I think Pittsburgh is worth a small play here with the Cardinals line-up seeing Cumpton for the first time. Take the Pittsburgh Pirates +123.

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