Pirates vs. Cardinals Sunday Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 6/3/2018 Prediction & Odds

The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals will wrap up their four-game series at Busch Stadium on Sunday. Will the National League Central rivals play to another low-scoring game when they meet at 2:15 p.m. ET?

Game Snapshot & Odds

905 Pittsburgh Pirates (+123) at 906 St. Louis Cardinals (-139); 8.5 runs

Sunday, June 3, 2018

2:15 p.m. ET, Busch Stadium


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Public Betting Trends

Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Cardinals as a -139 favorite. As of this writing, 76% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Cardinals to beat the Pirates 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.

Pirates' Kingham delivers uneven performance in last start vs. Cubs

Nick Kingham was charged with three runs on eight hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings Tuesday in a no-decision versus the Cubs. The Pirates staked Kingham to an early 3-0 lead, but the Cubs closed the gap with a two-run homer by Ben Zobrist in the fifth inning and an RBI single by Jon Lester in the sixth. Kingham issued a walk after that and was pulled. He was in line for the win before Anthony Rizzo went deep in the seventh. Kingham should get another start while Ivan Nova (finger) recuperates and it figures to come Sunday in St. Louis.

Cardinals' Wacha wild in last start but has success vs. Brewers

Michael Wacha issued four walks but allowed just one run over 6 2/3 innings in the Cardinals' 6-1 win over the Brewers on Tuesday. He was a little wild, but Wacha permitted only two singles on the night and one of them was a blooper that Tommy Pham misread. The only run charged to Wacha's ledger came around to score on a double that reliever Sam Tuivailala gave up. Wacha has rather quietly had an excellent season, going 6-1 and posting a 2.71 ERA. He hasn't given up more than two runs in any of his last eight starts. Wacha will try to keep it going Sunday at home versus the Pirates.

MLB Betting Trends


The Pirates are 16-35 in their last 51 games played at Busch Stadium and have dropped four of five versus the Cardinals overall.

St. Louis

The Cardinals are 6-1 in Wacha's last seven home starts versus the Pirates and are 5-1 in his last six outings versus Pittsburgh overall.


Outside of their combined 18-run outburst on Thursday night watching these two teams hit has been a chore. The under is 5-1 in the alst six meetings between these rivals when the game is played at Busch Stadium and is 10-4-2 in the last 16 meetings overall. The under has also cashed in five of Wacha's last six home starts versus the Pirates and is 4-1 in his last five outings versus Pittsburgh overall.

The Pick: Pirates/Cardinals under 8.5


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