Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals on Friday through Sunday!
In their epic 2013 season in which they finally ended a playoff drought that went all the way back to 1992 the Pittsburgh Pirates were one of the top money makers on the MLB betting board and were pure gold on the run line as well but now the question handicappers face is if the Bucs can maintain that level of profitability for a second consecutive season now that the betting public considers them a post season contender. The defending National League champion St. Louis Cardinals were also a big money maker last year and carry the reputation for excellence than can lead to public attention and overlays on the betting board.
The St. Louis Cardinals will host the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 3 game weekend series that will run at Busch Stadium Friday through Sunday. Game time on Friday and Saturday night is set for 7:05 PM ET with the Sunday night game set for 8 PM ET with coverage on ESPN. Friday?s game can be seen on MLBN and Saturday?s game will be televised by FOX Sports 1.
Bo Bucks for Bucs
The Pittsburgh Pirates were off to a sluggish start with the MLB Lines as they lost 10 out of their first 18 games and saw their vaunted pitching staff rank 19th in Major League Baseball for earned run average. The St. Louis Cardinals were in good form with 11 wins in their first 18 games as their pitching staff ranked 8th for earned run average.
The Matchup and Pick!
Heading into this series the St. Louis Cardinals had won 10 out of their last 18 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates with just 6 out of the last 20 meetings between the Pirates and Cardinals going under the total. The St. Louis Cardinals have won 10 out of their last 16 home games against the Pittsburgh Pirates with just 3 out of the last 20 games at Busch Stadium between the Pirates and Cardinals going under the total. Based on that head to head record we?ll call for the St. Louis Cardinals and over the total!