MLB Picks: NLDS Game 2 Pirates vs. Cardinals

Jeff Grant

Friday, October 4, 2013 11:56 AM GMT

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been known to bounce back from a loss this season, as they take on the St. Louis Cardinals Friday afternoon.

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for Game 2 of this National League Division Series at Busch Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:07 p.m. ET.

Quick turnaround

Pittsburgh has now lost its last five games to St. Louis dating back to the regular season, as it suffered a 9-1 defeat as +121 road underdogs in the opening game of this series Thursday, while going OVER the betting total of 6.5.

The Pirates have been outscored by a 42-13 margin during their losing streak to the Cardinals, but have split 20 games between the two teams since the first pitch of the 2013 campaign.

Quite a record

Since 1987, the Game 1 winner has won 17 of 23 series involving St. Louis, which makes the storied franchise a safe wager in the futures market to advance to the National League Championship Series.

The Cardinals will be led offensively by outfielder Carlos Beltran the rest of the way, as he’s batting .357 with 15 home runs and 28 RBIs in 35 career games in the playoffs.

Cole

Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (10-7, 3.22 ERA) closed out the regular season on a four-game winning streak, which included an 8-2 road victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 24, as he allowed two runs and seven hits over six frames.

The right-hander is 4-2 with a 2.38 ERA in seven road games, issuing just eight walks and striking out 42 batters in 45.1 combined innings.

Cole will be making his first-ever appearance against the Cardinals, as he didn’t face them during his rookie campaign.

Here is the Series Price Piece~

Lynn

Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn (15-10, 3.97 ERA) also enters on a winning streak, as he won back-to-back games against the Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers, while posting a 2.12 ERA in September.

The right-hander compiled a 9-3 record and 2.82 ERA in 16 home outings, surrendering just three home runs in 102 combined innings.

In 11 career games (nine starts) versus the Pirates, Lynn has gone 4-2 with a 5.03 ERA,  including a 2-1 mark and 5.60 ERA in five efforts this season.

 

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Pirates for our MLB picks, as Lynn allowed a season-high 12 hits in his only career start with umpire Wally Bell behind the dish earlier this year.

MLB Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates +125