Pittsburgh vs St Louis MLB Odds Analysis

Pittsburgh vs St. Louis MLB Odds Analysis

Written by on July 4, 2016

The Pittsburgh Pirates tangle with the St. Louis Cardinals in the second game of their midweek series. The Pirates (41-41) sit in third place in the National League Central, 10 ½ games behind the Chicago Cubs and 2 ½ games behind the Cardinals (43-38). The Pirates come in having won six of eight, including a road sweep of the Oakland A’s over the weekend. The Cardinals pulled off a three-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend, capped off by a big grand slam to win Sunday’s game, 9-8. Find the latest MLB run lines here.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals MLB Odds Analysis

When: Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 8:15pm Eastern time Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis TV: ESPN Radio: KDKA 93.7 FM Pittsburgh, KMOX 1120 AM St. Louis Live Stream: MLB.tv MLB Odds: TBA Pitching Matchup: Jameson Taillon (2-1, 3.86 ERA) (PIT) vs Mike Leake (5-6, 4.13 ERA) (STL)  

Why should you bet on Pittsburgh?

The Cardinals have never faced Jameson Taillon, who is now making his sixth MLB start and his second in NL Central action. The Cubs beat him in his first divisional game, but his last start featured six strong innings against the Seattle Mariners in which he permitted just a single earned run. The team is on a good roll lately, with the bullpen hurling 32 ⅔ straight scoreless innings through Sunday’s action. Adam Frazier is just one of several hot bats in the Bucs’ lineup, as his triple in the sixth tied Sunday’s game to key the comeback.

Why should you put your money on the Cardinals?

The Cardinals may not have to face Pirate outfielder Andrew McCutchen, who missed Sunday’s game with a sore left heel and remains day-to-day, which would take a huge bat out of the Pittsburgh lineup. Mike Leake has not put up particularly good numbers this year, but in his last start, he permitted just five hits and two earned runs against the Kansas City Royals, who have a solid offense. He has a 1-1 record against Pittsburgh this season. Brandon Moss, Aledmys Diaz and Stephen Piscotty (who hit that big grand slam on Sunday) are all swinging the bats well.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the Pirates to take this game, primarily because I don’t trust Leake’s results against the way his whole season has gone. I’m predicting a 6-2 Pittsburgh win.