Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals meet for game two of their series in Pittsburgh. The Cardinals are -130 favorites over the Pirates with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are playing hard this season but they just don’t look like they have the guns to beat the better teams in baseball as they fell to the Cardinals on Friday. Alex Presley hit a solo home run, Jose Tabata had two hits, and Garrett Jones had a hit as the Pirates scored one run on four hits. Starter Charlie Morton allowed Four hits and two runs striking out six over five innings of work to take the loss. For Saturday’s game Pittsburgh starts Kevin Correia who had a huge outing getting the win in his last start. For the season Correia has allowed seven hits and two earned runs while striking out five over 12 innings of work for a 1.50 ERA.
The St. Louis Cardinals continue to get clutch hits and they continue to pound out wins in early 2012. On Friday Daniel Descalso hit a solo home run, Carlos Beltran had two hits, a RBI, and scored a run, and Rafael Furcal had a hit and a RBI as the Cards scored four runs on eight hits. On the mound starter Lance Lynn allowed four hits and run over while striking out four over seven innings to pick up his third win of the year while Jason Motte earned his third save. For Saturday’s game St. Louis starts Jake Westbrook who has been razor sharp in the early going this year. For the season Westbrook has allowed seven hits and one earned run over 14 innings for a 0.64 ERA.
Pittsburgh is 23-49 in their last 72 games overall, 4-2 in their last six games as a home underdog, and 0-5 in Correia’s last five home starts. St. Louis is 6-1in their last seven games as a home favorite, 37-16 in their last 53 games overall, and 7-3 in Westbrook’s last 10 starts. St. Louis is 7-2 in the last nine meetings of these two.
I am not expecting a lot of scoring here and my pick will be on the under.