Cardinals on the Moneyline is the MLB Pick vs. Pirates

Jeff Grant

Monday, August 25, 2014 12:56 PM GMT

Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 12:56 PM GMT

Francisco Liriano dominated the St. Louis Cardinals a season ago, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are simply overpriced in the MLB odds for Monday’s series opener at PNC Park.

A Disappointing Result
St. Louis dropped two of three games against the Philadelphia Phillies over the weekend, including a 7-1 setback as -124 road favorites Sunday, while going under the betting total for the first time in eight affairs.

The Cardinals have compiled a 7-6 record against the Pirates in 2014, which is important to consider when making your MLB predictions, especially with shortstop Jhonny Peralta hitting .371 in his last 10 games in the series.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise has split its 66 opportunities as road underdogs of +100 to +125.

 

McCutchen is a Bit Limited 
Pittsburgh had its three-game winning streak snapped Sunday, as it suffered a 4-3 defeat to the Milwaukee Brewers as +126 road underdogs, while going under the betting total of 8.5.

Pirates star outfielder Andrew McCutchen is still bothered by a rib injury that he suffered a couple weeks ago, which can’t be ignored when looking over the MLB betting odds, considering he’s batting .220 with a single home run in his last 11 games in this rivalry.

Sports bettors will find that the franchise is 24-31 versus National League Central opponents during the 2014 campaign.

 

Lackey
Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey (12-8, 3.88 ERA) has led the club to back-to-back wins despite not securing a decision in both efforts, as he’s allowed six runs (four earned) and nine hits over 13 combined innings over that span.

The right-hander has registered a 2-0 record and 2.05 ERA versus NL foes this season—earning wins over the Atlanta Braves and Brewers.

Lackey will be making just his second career appearance against the Pirates, as he dropped a 5-3 decision on June 16, 2004.

 

Liriano
Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (3-10, 4.18 ERA) will look to snap his personal three-game losing streak, which includes an 11-3 setback at home to the Atlanta Braves last time out—surrendering nine runs (seven earned) and 10 hits over four frames.

The left-hander is 1-5 with a 5.23 ERA in 12 home appearances, with opposing hitters batting .270 against him (.184 on the road).

Liriano has registered a 0-1 record and 4.85 ERA in three starts versus the Red Birds this year.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Cardinals as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve captured 16 of their last 21 games against division opponents.

Free MLB Pick: Bet on the St. Louis Cardinals at a trusted sportbook like Heritage Sports

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