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.
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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.
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.
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.
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