Cardinals vs. Pirates Sunday Prediction
The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates will play the rubber match of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon. Will the game turn low-scoring for bettors?
Game Snapshot & Odds
953 St. Louis Cardinals (-111) at 954 Pittsburgh Pirates (-108); 8 runs
Sunday, May 27, 2018
1:35 p.m. ET, PNC Park
TV: STL (FSMW); PIT (ATTP)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Cardinals as a -111 favorite. As of this writing, 54% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Pirates to beat the Cardinals on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Cardinals' Mikolas coming off complete game shutout of Royals
Miles Mikolas threw his first MLB shutout, tallying nine strikeouts against just one walk, in the Cardinals' 5-0 win over the Royals on Monday.
It was also the first-ever complete game at the MLB level for Mikolas, who is 6-0 with a brilliant 2.24 ERA and 46/6 K/BB ratio in 60 1/3 innings this season. The former member of the Padres and Rangers signed a two-year, $15.5 million free agent contract with St. Louis this winter after spending three years in Japan. He clearly figured something out overseas.
Pirates' Taillon has ugly outing vs. Reds
Jameson Taillon was touched up for six runs over six frames in Tuesday’s loss to the Reds. Taillon struck out eight batters and walked only one, but he gave up eight hits and five of them went for extra bases. The big blow was a grand slam off the bat of Scooter Gennett in the fifth inning. Taillon just can’t seem to put together a good extended stretch, as he’s had dominant outings this season but also a handful of clunkers. He’ll take a disappointing 4.56 ERA into Sunday’s start versus the Cardinals.
MLB Betting Trends
The Cardinals are 1-6 in their last seven games played at PNC Park, with the one win coming on Saturday afternoon. They're also 1-6 in their last seven games versus the Pirates overall.
The Pirates are 5-1 in Taillon's last six home starts but are just 2-5 in his last seven outings overall.
Mikolas certainly isn't a household name but he's gaining plenty of attention around baseball for his performance thus far in 2018. He has been a revelation for the Cardinals, who signed him to a two-year deal this offseason after he pitched the last two seasons in Japan. Meanwhile, Taillon is coming off a rough performance against the Reds but the Cardinals are not swinging the bats well right now. Today is a perfect spot to grab the under, which is 4-1 in Taillon's last five starts against the Cardinals and is 2-0-2 in the last four meetings between these two teams. PNC Park is also a pitcher-friendly yard.
The Pick: Cardinals/Pirates under 8