Pirates vs. Cardinals Free Pick
ODDS: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Cardinals are -116 money line favorites over the Pirates, who are +107 on the ML. With Shelby Miller set to face Francisco Liriano in the pitching matchup, the over/under total is currently sitting at 7 runs.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Cardinals opened as -125 money line favorites but their odds have dropped to -116, while the Pirates’ odds have gone from +115 down to +107. Pittsburgh is 70-48 overall and 29-28 on the road, while St. Louis is 68-50 overall and 35-22 at home.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 58% of the betting public currently favors Pittsburgh. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most updated numbers.
MLB FREE PICK: Take Pittsburgh. According to latest MLB trends, Pittsburgh is: 5-1 last 6 during game 2 of a series, 13-3 last 16 Wednesday games, 9-3 last 12 as a road dog and 7-2 in Liriano's last 9 starts. St. Louis is:2-9 last 11 as a favorite and 6-13 last 19 overall.
Pittsburgh sends lefty Francisco Liriano (12-5, 2.83 ERA) to the mound, who is coming off a very bad start against Colorado. He was pounded for 10 runs and 12 hits, but that's in Coors Field. Before that performance, he had won three straight games and seven of eight starts. He's also been dominant against St. Louis, owning a 2-0 record with a 1.93 ERA against the Cards lifetime. St. Louis hits just .237 against left-handers compared to .280 vs. right-handers. Shelby Miller (11-7, 2.89 ERA) goes for the Cardinals but he's coming off throwing just two pitches against the LA Dodgers on August 7. He was taken out after being hit on the throwing arm by a line drive. The Cards also may be without star outfield Matt Holliday (ankle), who is hitting .293 with 15 home runs. Holliday suffered an ankle sprain on Tuesday after slipping on a base. Miller has lost both outings against the Pirates this season. Pittsburgh rebounds to take this game.
WEDNESDAY MLB FREE PICK: PITTSBURGH PIRATES +107