St Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Odds Analysis

St. Louis vs Pittsburgh MLB Odds Analysis

Written by on June 9, 2016

The Pittsburgh Pirates welcome the St. Louis Cardinals to town this weekend for a three-game series between these two National League Central rivals. The Cardinals (31-28) are in third place, just ½ game behind the Pirates (32-29). The Cardinals beat the Reds, 12-7, on Wednesday and face them again Thursday before heading to the Steel City. The Pirates lost, 6-5, to the Mets on Wednesday and have a makeup game in Denver against the Colorado Rockies before flying back home to take on the Cardinals. Find the latest MLB betting odds here.

St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates  MLB Odds Analysis

When: Friday, June 10, 7:05pm Eastern timeWhere: PNC Park, PittsburghTV: MLB Network, FSM, ROOTRadio: KDKA 93.7 FM PittsburghLive Stream: MLB.tvMLB Odds: TBAPitching Matchup: Michael Wacha (2-6, 5.16 ERA) (STL) vs Gerrit Cole (5-4, 2.85 ERA) (PIT) 

Why should you bet on St. Louis?

Brandon Moss is emerging as a force in the Cardinals’ lineup. Early in the season, St. Louis was really struggling to put runs across the plate, but Moss showed his power twice in the Cards’ big win on Wednesday in Cincinnati. He hit 55 home runs in 2013 and 2014 with the A’s and led the Cards last year in home runs. Even though he only had 13, he was the team’s best. This year, he’s on pace to almost double that total. His offense is infectious; in Wednesday’s win, each starting position player got a hit.

Why should you put your money on the Pirates?

Gerrit Cole is the Pirates’ ace, despite that 5-4 record. In his last start on Sunday, he held the Angels to six hits and three runs in 6 innings but had to take a no-decision. He has provided five quality starts in his last six starts. In his career, he has a 5-3 record and a 2.91 ERA against St. Louis in nine starts. The opposing starter is Michael Wacha, who should also give Pirates fans some hope. In his last start, he permitted four runs in five innings but was saved by a comeback win by the Cardinals, giving him a no-decision. His last win came way back on April 23.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like Cole to outpitch Wacha and the Pirates’ offense to take command of this game, despite being weary from the quick trip to Colorado’s high altitudes. I’m predicting a 5-2 Pirate win.