Pitchers Outshine Hitters When Pirates Battle Cardinals

Willie Bee

Saturday, September 9, 2017 3:31 PM UTC

Saturday, Sep. 9, 2017 3:31 PM UTC

Still on the outside looking in at the National League playoffs, the St. Louis Cardinals are hefty chalk on the MLB odds at home tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

We have seen these little spurts of solid play from the St. Louis Cardinals throughout the schedule. Now, with time starting to run out and the club still outside both the division lead and second NL Wild Card, we’ll see if they can maintain it when the Cards continue their weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 7:15 PM (ET) start tonight in St. Louis has Chad Kuhl (7-10, 4.32) facing Carlos Martinez (11-10, 3.34), the Cardinals costing around -200 on the MLB odds with 8 for the total.

Rookie Luke Weaver employed both his arm and his bat to help the Cards to a 4-1 win in Friday’s series opener, a game BetOnline closed St. Louis on a -180 money line. The Redbirds are now 61-36 vs. the Pirates at Busch II since it opened in 2006, 5-2 this season. Totals in Arch City are running 2-5 O/U in 2017, 4-10 dating back to 2016.


Can Kuhl Claim 1st Career Dubya In St. Louis?

Kuhl tossed seven shutout frames and got all the offense he needed in Pittsburgh’s 12-0 shellacking of the Cubs this past Monday, the victory stopping a 2-game losing string for the former Delaware star. He has been stingy all season in the HR column, giving up just 12 total and only three in his last dozen starts. The right-hander beat the Cardinals in Pittsburgh in mid-August, but lost to them twice in St. Louis earlier this season.

Martinez is coming off a 3-hit shutout in San Diego on Labor Day, his second whitewashing of his career with both coming this year. The young Dominican has bounced back from a poor July to record a 2.83 ERA since then, the Cardinals winning four of his last six starts. One of those victories came in Pittsburgh with a 7-IP, 3-ER performance, his bullpen almost giving the game away. Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco have been Martinez’s toughest outs in the Bucs lineup, the pair combining for a .489 average (24-49) with a homer.


Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

Crew chief Jeff Nelson performs the dish duty in Game 2, the Minnesota native 16-10-1 O/U/P calling balls and strikes in 2017. Home favorites are 11-6 with Nelson behind the mask, one of the wins coming in St. Louis two months ago when Lance Lynn and the Cardinals beat the Mets, a winner also for ‘under’ bettors.

The weatherman is telling us the thermometer will be around 80° for first pitch with clear skies, drier than normal air and a light easterly breeze (in from right). Let’s follow the series trend with a free baseball pick on the low side of the total.

Free MLB Pick: Under 8 (-107)Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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