MLB Picks: Bet Cardinals vs. Pirates to go OVER

Jeff Grant

Thursday, August 1, 2013 1:22 PM GMT

Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 1:22 PM GMT

The St. Louis Cardinals have struggled at the plate recently, but they may break out against Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton Thursday. Find out why Jeff Grant believes that the 'Over' holds the best value for our MLB picks.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this National League Central matchup at PNC Park, with the first pitch scheduled of 7:05 p.m. ET.

Check out our Thursday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report.

Downtrodden 

St. Louis has dropped seven games in a row, which happens to be the longest losing streak in manager Mike Matheny’s tenure.

The Cardinals have scored just 10 runs over that span, while All-Star catcher Yadier Molina has landed on the 15-day disabled list with a knee injury.

MLB handicappers will find that the club is 8-6 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 this season.

SBR Forum's Willie Bee is following this series & sharing his free picks along the way.

Taking care of business

Pittsburgh has won the first four games of this series, including a 5-4 victory as +104 home underdogs Wednesday, while going OVER the betting total of 7.

The Pirates are 11-2 at home with a betting total of 8 to 8.5, as it looks to build on its current 2.5-game lead in the division standings.

Kelly

Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly (1-3, 3.44 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 2-0 road defeat to the Atlanta Braves last time out, as he allowed seven hits over 6.1 shutout innings.

The right-hander is 1-0 with a 2.90 ERA in 14 road appearances (two starts) during the 2013 campaign, with opposing hitters batting .275 against him.

In five lifetime games (one start) versus the Pirates, Kelly has compiled a 0-2 record and 6.43 ERA, including a 0-1 mark and 6.43 ERA in two outings at this ballpark. 

Morton 

Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton (3-2, 3.59 ERA) has won back-to-back outings, including a 7-4 road victory over the Miami Marlins last time out, as he gave up four runs (three earned) and nine hits over five frames. 

The right-hander is 2-7 with a 6.17 ERA in 11 career games versus the Cardinals—losing four of his last five outings in the series.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total with their MLB picks, as the 'Over' is 5-2 in the last seven overall meetings in this series. 

MLB Picks: Over 8

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