Before betting, ask yourself these questions: Can the surging Pirates head into the all-star break with a ton of momentum or will the Cardinals be able to earn a series split by knocking off their division rival?
Sunday Night ESPN Clash between Cardinals and Pirates
The Pirates and Cardinals conclude their four game series today at 8:05 PM ET. This will be the Sunday night ESPN telecast from PNC Park in Pittsburgh. After losing the opener of the series on Thursday, the Pirates have rebounded to win the last two games. Pittsburgh enters today 4.5 games behind St. Louis for the lead in the NL Central.
Sunday's Starting Pitchers
St. Louis will send their young southpaw hurler Tim Cooney to the mound today. Cooney has gone 1-2 in his team starts this season with a 3.95 ERA, and all four of those games went over the total. This will be Cooney’s first career start versus Pittsburgh.
The Pirates veteran southpaw Francisco Liriano has been in very good form in recent starts. Especially during his last three when he posted an outstanding 1.80 ERA and the Pirates were 3-0 in those games. Liriano is 7-4 in his career team starts since 2009 against St. Louis, compiling a stellar 2.43 ERA and 0.97 WHIP during those outings.
Southpaws and the Road for Cardinals
St. Louis has gone a marvelous 47-21 (.691) when facing right-handed starting pitchers in 2015. However, they’re just 9-11 versus southpaw starters. St. Louis has been good but not dominating on the road this year. They’ve gone 25-21 (.544) in away games, and that’s a far cry from their 31-11 (.738) home record.
No Place like Home for Pirates
Pittsburgh has gone a respectable 21-19 in away game this season, but has been lights out at home. The Pirates are a stellar 31-16 (.660) at PNC Park in 2015. Pittsburgh got off to a slow 17-23 start to the season, and since then have gone an amazing 35-12 (.745) in their last 47 games.
I positively like Pittsburgh for one of my MLB picks today despite the heavy juice that’s required to be laid. My money management advice is quite simple. If you normally wager to win $100 on a money line favorite, then just risk $100 on the Pirates tonight. At the time of this writing, Sportsbetting.com offers the cheapest money line price with Pittsburgh at -167. Keeping with the money management theme, instead of risking $167 to win $100, risk $100 to win $59.88 or in that betting increment.
MLB Picks: Play Pittsburgh -167 on the money line at Sportsbetting