Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals
The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals meet for game two of their series at PNC Park. The Cardinals are -130 favorites over the Pirates with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Pittsburgh Pirates at least got a taste of first place this season and while they are going to win the N.L. Central and go to the playoffs, they still gained a ton of experience to bring with them into the future. On Tuesday Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker homered and then Garrett Jones hit a walk off homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to win it for the Pirates. Starter Jeff Karstens allowed six hits and three runs while striking out five over 5.1 innings of work to not factor in the decision as Chris Resop picked up his fourth win if the year after pitching two scoreless innings. For Wednesday’s game Pittsburgh starts Paul Maholm who has lost his last four decisions. For the season Maholm has allowed 152 hits and 63 earned runs while striking out 96 over 157.1 innings of work.
The St. Louis Cardinals hopes of going to the post season are fading fast as they fell another game behind the Brewers with their loss on Tuesday. Albert Pujols hit his 30th home run, David Freese had three hits, and Jon Jay had two hits as the Cardinals scored four runs on 10 hits. Starter Chris Carpenter allowed five hits and three earned runs while striking out 10 over seven innings of work but Fernando Salas blew the save and Arthur Rhodes took the loss allowing the home run to Jones. On Wednesday St. Louis looks to rebound as they start Kyle Lohse who has won his last two decisions. For the season Lohse has allowed 134 hits and 55 earned runs while striking out 75 over 147 innings of work.
Pittsburgh is 10-19 in their last 29 games overall, 2-6 in their last eight home games against a right handed starter, and 2-8 in Maholm’s last 10 starts against a team with a winning record. St. Louis is 4-1 in their last five road games against a left handed starter, 1-5 in their last six against the N.L. Central, and 2-5 in Lohse’s last seven road starts.
While Pittsburgh got the best of the Cards in game one, look for St. Louis to turn the tables here. Take the Cardinals minus the 130 here.
St. Louis Cardinals -130 Pittsburgh Pirates