Pittsburgh vs. St. Louis MLB Betting Odds & Pick from Mark Franco: April 18th 2017
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals
MLB Betting Pick: Cardinals -130 odds (April 18th 2017)
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The St. Louis Cardinals hope they have begun to put their early-season troubles behind them as they attempt to knock off the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates for the second straight night on Tuesday. The Cardinals posted a 2-1 triumph in the opener of the three-game set on Monday to improve their National League-worst record to 4-9.
St Louis’ chances of beating the Pirates again are bolstered with Mike Leake taking the mound. Leake has started strong, allowing one run and 10 hits over 15 innings while splitting his first two decisions.
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Pittsburgh managed just five hits in Monday’s loss after scoring 18 runs in a three-game weekend road sweep of the Chicago Cubs. The 29-year-old is 9-5 with a 3.36 ERA in 28 career starts against Pittsburgh.
The Pirates hand the ball to Chad Kuhl, and the 24 year old struggled against the Cardinals last year. He faced St. Louis twice, conceding five runs on 12 hits and four walks over seven innings. He really struggled with his control in his season debut, walking six batters in just five innings versus Atlanta.
Pirates are 1-5 in Kuhls last 6 starts following a team loss in their previous game. Cardinals are 5-1 in Leakes last 6 starts when their opponent scores 2 runs or less in their previous game.
Home team is 8-2 in Cederstroms last 10 games behind home plate vs. St. Louis.