St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, Friday, Las Vegas Sports Betting, MLB Baseball Odds, Picks and Predictions

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43-45, 2nd in National League Central July 14, 7:05 PM | Grass of PNC Park 42-47, 4th in National League Central
St. Louis at Pittsburgh, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 7:05 PM ET, Friday, July 14, 2017
Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, FSN Midwest (St. Louis), ROOT Pittsburgh
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Mike Leake (6-7, 3.12 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Gerrit Cole (7-7, 4.43)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
St. Louis Cardinals [M. Leake -R] +1½ -190 +113 Ov 8 -130
Pittsburgh Pirates [G. Cole -R] -1½ +165 -123 Un 8 +110
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The St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at PNC Park.

Leake allowed six runs on 14 hits over 20 innings in his previous three starts before returning to the mound with a thud on July 5, surrendering eight runs on 10 hits in a season-low 3 2/3 frames in a 9-6 setback to Miami. The 29-year-old has recorded a pair of quality starts versus Pittsburgh this season, including an 8-4 win on June 25 to improve to 10-5 in 30 career starts against the Pirates. Despite a positive win-loss record, Leake has struggled against the likes of former Cardinal David Freese (.471) and Jordy Mercer (.375).

Cole answered a pair of disastrous starts in which he yielded seven earned runs in back-to-back outings by permitting two or fewer in four of his last five. Included in that stretch is a sterling effort versus St. Louis on June 24, when the 26-year-old allowed one run on five hits in six innings of a 7-3 triumph. Cole also pitched six strong frames against the Cardinals on April 19, but has endured considerable trouble when facing Matt Carpenter (12-for-32, four homers) in his career

Oddsmakers currently have the Pirates listed as -123 moneyline favorites versus the Cardinals, while the game’s total is sitting at 8.

Paul DeJong looks to pick up where he left off as the St. Louis Cardinals return from the All-Star break on Friday to begin a 10-game road trip with the opener of a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 23-year-old DeJong has 10 hits in his last 13 at-bats and became the first Cardinals player in the modern era to collect seven extra-base hits in a three-game series.

DeJong, who is riding a six-game hitting streak, homered for the third straight day in a 6-0 rout of the New York Mets on Sunday and also went deep in a 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh on June 23. Like St. Louis, the Pirates are slowly turning around their fortunes and reside below the .500 mark to find themselves looking up at upstart Milwaukee in the National League Central. Pittsburgh’s lone All-Star, Josh Harrison, highlighted a three hit-performance with a homer in Sunday’s 14-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs to help his team sail to its fifth win in the last six games. Harrison was mired in a 2-for-28 stretch before that outing and is 4-for-19 versus the Cardinals this season.

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1. St. Louis OF Tommy Pham has 11 hits in his last eight contests overall, but is just 2-for-13 versus the Pirates this season.

2. Pittsburgh OF Andrew McCutchen is 18-for-38 with three homers and nine runs scored in his last 10 games.

3. Cardinals OF Randal Grichuk is mired in a 4-for-34 stretch with 14 strikeouts in his last 10 contests.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

St. Louis Cardinals will win outright at +113 and the game will stay under 8 runs according to scamdicappers

PREDICTION: Cardinals 3, Pirates 2 at bovada-logo-top-book.

4.57 RUNS 4.25
4.42 RUNS AGNST 4.53
0.15 DIFF -0.28
-$870 MONEY -$207
3.95 TEAM ERA 4.20
8.60 OFF HITS 8.18
3.53 OFF WALKS 3.47
8.15 OFF Ks 7.29
8.56 DEF HITS 9.27
3.13 DEF WALKS 2.83
8.50 DEF Ks 7.39
Matt Holiday OF 15-Day Disabled List
Matt Carpenter OF 15-Day Disabled List
Matt Adams 1B 15-Day Disabled List
Michael Wacha P 15-Day Disabled List
Tyler Louis P 15-Day Disabled List
Mitch Harris P 15-Day Disabled List
Lance Lynn P 60-Day Disabled List
Brayan Pena C 15-Day Disabled List
Jordan Walden P 15-Day Disabled List
Tyler Lyons P 15-Day Disabled List
Aledmys Diaz SS 15-Day Disabled List
Trevor Rosenthal P 15-Day Disabled List
Seth Maness P 15-Day Disabled List
Mike Leake P 15-Day Disabled List
Chris Stewart C 15-Day Disabled List
Hung Ho Kang 3B 15-Day Disabled List
Gerrit Cole P 15-Day Disabled List
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 6 games
St. Louis is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of St. Louis’s last 9 games on the road
St. Louis is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of St. Louis’s last 10 games when playing Pittsburgh
St. Louis is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Pittsburgh’s last 9 games
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Pittsburgh’s last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Pittsburgh’s last 10 games when playing St. Louis
Pittsburgh is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing St. Louis
Pittsburgh is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games when playing at home against St. Louis
St. Louis’s Overall Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Overall Defense 4.6 10 4.5 6
St. Louis’s Away Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Home Defense 4.8 6 4.9 10
St. Louis’s Road ERA vs Pittsburgh’s Home ERA Allowed 4.8 10 3.3 14
Pittsburgh’s Overall Scoring vs St. Louis’s Overall Defense 4.3 12 4.4 3
Pittsburgh’s Home Scoring vs St. Louis’s Road Defense 3.7 13 5.2 12
Pittsburgh’s Home ERA vs St. Louis’s Road ERA Allowed 4.4 9 4.0 10
Cardinals are the highest scoring team in the league at 4.8 runs per game.
Cardinals have the second best hits stat in the league at 9.2 per game.
Cardinals are second best in K’s per game with 6.9.
Pirates are third worst in the league in times striking out with 8.2 per game.
Pirates have the second stingiest defence in the league at 3.6 runs per game.
Pirates are second best in the league in giving up hits, allowing 8.0 per game.
Pirates are third in the league in striking out opponents with 7.8 per game.


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