Pirates vs. Cardinals Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals 9/12/18 Prediction & Odds

The St. Louis Cardinals will be looking to sweep their three-game home series versus the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon and win their fourth in a row overall. Is a bet on the Cardinals smart or will Pittsburgh salvage a game as the slight favorites?

Game Snapshot

903 Pittsburgh Pirates at 904 St. Louis Cardinals

Thursday, September 12, 2018

Busch Stadium at 1:15PM ET

TV: MLB Network

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Public Betting Information

According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Pirates are a -107 favorites to win on the moneyline. The Cardinals are a -103 underdog, while the total sits at 8 runs. As of Wednesday morning, 63 percent of public bets are being placed on host St. Louis. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.

Cardinals use big offensive effort

St. Louis used a double-digit scoring effort Tuesday night in its 11-5 home victory over Pittsburgh. Matt Carpenter helped lead the way by going 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored. Jose Martinez finished 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs. Matt Adams ended the game 2-for-4 plus a walk. Marcell Ozuna was 1-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Francisco Pena was 1-for-4 and scored two runs. Tyler O'Neill was 1-for-1 with a 3-run homer plus a walk off the bench. Miles Mikolas earned the win as he allowed one earned run on five hits with seven strikeouts and one walk over seven innings.

Bell, Dickerson have two-hit nights

Josh Bell went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in yesterday's loss at St. Louis. Corey Dickerson finished 2-for-4 with a double, a run and two RBIs. Joe Musgrove took the loss as he gave up four earned runs on four hits with eight strikeouts and two walks over six innings.

Jameson Taillon (12-9, 3.40 ERA) draws the start today for the Pirates, while the Cardinals are going with Daniel Poncedeleon (0-1, 2.67).

MLB Betting Trends


The under is 19-7-1 in the last 27 Pirates games overall. The under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in St. Louis.

St. Louis

The Cardinals are 23-9 in their last 32 games overall. St. Louis is 12-5 in its last 17 home games.


St. Louis is at home and has more to play for right now, but Pittsburgh does have the better starting pitcher on the mound while the hosts are going with a rookie. The Pirates are favored for a reason and they came into this series on a hot streak. Look for Pittsburgh to avoid the sweep today behind a strong Taillon outing.




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