MLB Picks: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Odds: August 15th 2011
The Cardinals trail the Brewers by five games in the NL Central standings, making every game extremely important down the stretch. The Pirates actually led the division less than a month ago, but have lost 19 of 24 and now trail the Brewers by 13 games. I really believe the Pirates believed they had a chance to win the division, and their recent struggles have all but taken the life out of the players. That is why I like the Cardinals as a small favorite to come away with a relatively easy win on Monday.
St Louis will send Jake Westbrook to the mound, who has easily pitched his best baseball away from home. Westbrook is 6-2 with a 3.54 ERA in 12 road starts, compared to just 9-6 with a 4.74 ERA on the season.
The Cardinals are 7-1 in their last 8 games as a road favorite of -110 to -150, 8-2 in their last 10 games vs. a right-handed starter, and 7-3 in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a losing record. Pittsburgh is just 1-10 in their last 11 vs. National League Central.BET THE CARDINALS!