Pittsburgh Pirates (29-26) at St. Louis Cardinals (29-24)
MLB: Thursday, May 31st, 2018 at 7:15 PM ET (Busch Stadium)
Line and Odds: Cardinals -144/Pirates +134 – Over/Under: 8
FREE MLB Pick Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals
The Pittsburgh Pirates (29-26) won their last game to end their four-game losing streak. Pittsburgh has struggled of late, losing nine of their last 12 games. Despite being three games over .500, the Pirates are in fourth place in the loaded National League Central and six games back of the Milwaukee Brewers. Pittsburgh has been propelled by their offensive lineup which ranks in the top ten in the league in batting average, runs, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage. Trevor Williams (5-3, 3.43 ERA) will get the start for the Pirates. Williams has given up at least four runs in back-to-back starts and three of his last four. In two starts against the Cardinals this year, Williams has a 1-1 record and a 5.40 ERA.
The St. Louis Cardinals (29-24) are coming off a series loss to the Brewers after winning a series against the Pirates. The Cardinals are one game ahead of the Pirates in the National League Central standings and five games back from the first-place Brewers. The Cardinals will start Jack Flaherty (2-1, 2.15 ERA) against the Pirates. St. Louis ranks seventh in the league in earned run average with a 3.52 ERA. This will be Flaherty’s sixth start of the year and third against Pittsburgh. Flaherty has only given up one run in four out of his five starts, and his worst start came against the Pirates, where he gave up three runs in five innings of work.
Cover The Spread 365 Betting Trends
1-4 ATS in last 5 games
4-2 SU in last 6 road games
5-11 SU in last 16 road games
St. Louis Cardinals
4-10 ATS in last 14 home games
3-6 SU in last 9 home games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of last 10 games
FREE MLB Pick St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
This is a big series matchup in the National League Central and could impact the early season positioning. Jack Flaherty has been impressive in his first five starts this year and it will be interesting to see if he can keep this up. Trevor Williams has been solid, racking up five early wins, but he has recently been trending in the wrong direction. He has given up four runs in three of his last four starts and that probably won’t cut it when facing Flaherty. The Cardinals rank seventh in the MLB in earned run average so they can call on the bullpen if they need to. The pitching will be the difference in the came and Flaherty will lead the Cardinals to a victory.
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