Pirates vs. Cardinals Free Pick
ST. LOUIS, MO (ATS Consultants) – Two struggling clubs fighting for supremacy in the NL Central will square off for game 1 of a new three-game series tonight when the Cardinals host the Pirates at 8:15PM ET.
ODDS: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Cardinals are -180 money line favorites over the Pirates, who are +165 on the ML. With Charlie Morton set to face Adam Wainwright in the pitching matchup, the over/under total is currently sitting at 7.5 runs for tonight’s contest.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Pirates opened as +170 money line underdogs but their odds have been bet down to +165, while the Cardinals’ odds have gone from -185 down to -180. Pittsburgh is 70-47 overall and 29-27 on the road, while St. Louis is 67-50 overall and 34-22 at home.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 55% 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 the under. According to latest MLB trends, Pittsburgh is: 2-5 under last 7 road games vs. a right-handed start, 5-11-1 Under last 17 games as a dog and 12-26-2 under last 40 vs. a right-handed starter. St. Louis is: 1-5 Under last 6 at home vs. a team with a winning record and 3-9 Under in Wainright's last 12 start as a home favorite of -151 to -200.
The Pirates have won four of the last five in this series and seven of nine this season. They send Charlie Morton (4-3, 3.88 ERA) to the mound. He has won three of his last four starts. Adam Wainright (13-7, 2.66 ERA) is 0-2 in his last three starts but hasn't gotten a lot of run support. He has walked just 21 batters in 24 starts this season. The Pirates may catch a break tonight if star outfielder Carlos Beltran (foot) is out. He injured himself fouling a pitch off his foot on Sunday. The All-Star is batting .305 with 20 homers and 62 RBI this season.The Cardinals are already playing without catcher Yadier Molina, who injured his knee. St. Louis has been in a tailspin around the same time that Molina got hurt. Expect this to be a low-scoring affair.
TUESDAY MLB FREE PICK: PIRATES/CARDINALS UNDER 7.5