Pittsburgh Pirates vs St Louis Cardinals Pick

Pittsburgh Pirates vs St Louis Cardinals
Predictions 07-04-16

The Pirates have won four straight and seven of their last nine, while St. Louis is coming off its first home sweep of the season after taking three from Milwaukee. The Cardinals hope to continue their success against left-hander Jonathon Niese, who is 0-1 with a 10.45 ERA in two gamess this season. He has given up; 13 runs (12 earned) over 10 1/3 innings. Carlos Martinez has been a tough luck pitcher with the Cardinals scoring just eight runs over his last three starts. The Cardinals have won 11 straight against NL Central rivals, including a three-game sweep at Pittsburgh from June 10-12.

GAME: Pittsburgh Pirates (40-41) at St. Louis Cardinals (42-38)
DATE/TIME: Monday, July 04 – 2:15 PM EST
WHERE: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
LINE: Cardinals (-200) TOTAL: 8.5
TV: 2:15 p.m. ET, ROOT (Pittsburgh), FSN Midwest (St. Louis)

Starting Pitchers: Pirates LH Jonathon Niese (6-6, 5.07 ERA)
vs Cardinals RH Carlos Martinez (7-5, 2.83)

Niese has been shelled in four straight starts and has an 8.86 ERA while losing all four straight starts. Niese is 4-4 with a 4.31 ERA in 11 starts against the Cardinals. Martinez has six straight quality starts and has been especially dominant over his last four outings, posting a 0.64 ERA over 28 1/3 innings. Martinez has a mixed record against the Pirates, but he’s 1-1 with a 1.54 ERA in two starts against them this season.

Pirates vs Cardinals Betting Trends

PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games when playing St. Louis
Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing St. Louis
Pittsburgh is 6-14 SU in its last 20 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 5 games at home
St. Louis is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games at home
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis’s last 7 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
St. Louis is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
St. Louis is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh

Pirates vs Cardinals Pick

The Cardinals are the Cardinals. Every year they find a way to make the playoffs. St Louis is the hot team right now and they have the right pitcher on the mound. In fact, the Cards have both right pitchers on the mound. The one they need to shut down Pittsburgh and the one they need to lite up. Niese doesn’t have it. I am tempted to take the Cardinals on the run line but I just don’t bet the home favorite run line. Will lay the big money line odds at -200 for the win.

Score Prediction: Cardinals 7 – Pirates 2