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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction and Betting Odds

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction and Betting Odds. The 22-7 St. Louis Cardinals are set to take on the 13-16 Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania tonight May 9, 2015, first pitch is scheduled 705 PM

Wagering Odds

Moneylines: Cardinals -110 / Pirates -110
O/U: 7.5 runs

Pitching Match Up
St. Louis: Carlos Martinez (3-0, 3.64 ERA)
Pittsburgh: Vance Worley (2-2, 3.90 ERA)

In their last games: In Game 1 of this 3-game series yesterday the Cardinals beat the Pirates 8-5.

The Cardinals go into Pittsburgh in the 2nd game of a 3-game series. The 3-0 Carlos Martinez goes for the Cardinals and the 2-2 Vance Worley goes for the Pirates. This game opens with both teams at -110 with a line sitting at 7.5 runs. The Cardinals have the best record in the Majors and they have won 2 straight and 9 of their last 10 games. They are in first place in the NL Central already 9 games up on the Pirates. These teams met in the series before last in St. Louis and the Cardinals swept the 3 games. St. Louis’ offense has been decent ranking 14th in runs scored, but they are winning with great pitching leading the Majors in team ERA. The Pirates have lost 6 of their last 7 games Their pitching has been solid this season ranking 3rd in team ERA, but their offense only ranks 26th in runs scored.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

In the last 5 games between these 2 teams the Under record is 4-1.

The Cardinals are 7-0 in their last 7 games against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 5-3 in their last 8 home games against the Cardinals.

This season the Pirates are 7-7 at home and the Cardinals are 8-4 on the road.

STRAIGHT UP / OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS

St. Louis Cardinals: 22-7 SU / O/U 13-15 / Run Line W/L 19-10
Pittsburgh Pirates: 13-16 SU / O/U 12-12 / Run Line W/L 12-16

St. Louis at Pittsburgh Key Betting Trends

• STL is 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
• STL is 9-3 in their last 12 vs. a team with a losing record.
• STL has an Over record of 4-1-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record.
• PITT is 1-5 in their last 6 overall.
• PITT is 1-5 in their last 6 games vs. a right-handed starter.
• PITT has an Over record of 6-2-2 in their last 10 home games.

Key Player Injuries

CARDINALS
[P] 05/03/2015 – Jordan Walden 15-day DL (4/30) ( Bicep )
[P] 04/28/2015 – Adam Wainwright 15-day DL (4/25); out for season ( Achilles )
[CF] 04/19/2015 – Randal Grichuk 15-day DL (4/17) ( Back )
[P] 04/04/2015 – Jaime Garcia 15-day DL (3/27) ( Shoulder )
[LF] 04/04/2015 – Tommy Pham 60-day DL (3/27) ( Quad )

PIRATES
[LF] 05/07/2015 – Andrew Lambo 15-day DL (5/4) ( Plantar Fasciitis )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Brandon Cumpton 15-day DL (3/27) ( Elbow )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Charlie Morton 15-day DL (4/6) ( Hip )
[SS] 04/06/2015 – Justin Sellers 15-day DL (3/27) ( Heel )

Free MLB Prediction

Carlos Martinez is 3-0 and did not get a decision in his last outing, which was his worst of the season, as he gave up 7 earned runs in only 3 innings. However, his offense bailed him out, as they scored 10 runs in a 10-9 win over the Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals have won their last 5 games when he has gotten the start and 4 of their last 5 when he has gotten the start on the road. In Vance Worley’s last start he was solid only giving up 1 earned run in 6 innings facing the Cardinals, but the Pirates still lost 3-2. That game was in St. Louis and the Pirates have won their last 4 home games when he has gotten the starting nod.

Worley has been solid at home this season with an ERA of only 1.54, but he is only getting 2.10 runs of support, which is one of the lowest in the Majors. Martinez was tagged up in his last start, but will bounce back tonight and the Cardinals will take the 2nd game of this series and their 8th straight against the Pirates.

Take the CARDINALS

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