Michael Wacha will be likely be making his last start of the regular season when the St. Louis Cardinals continue their series against the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday. In the three games Wacha has started against the Bucs this season, the Cards are a perfect 3-0.
- Yadier Molina is hitting .261 with five RBIs against Morton in the past five seasons.
- The Pirates are 50-26 at PNC Park this season.
- Michael Wacha has a 6.75 ERA so far in September.
With a win the Cardinals clinch the AL Central for their third consecutive season. The Pirates will need to figure out Wacha who has posted a 1.93 ERA while only allowing four earned runs in 18.2 innings against Pittsburgh this season.
The Pirates will counter with Charlie Morton who has only seen the Cardinals’ batters once this season, but posted a stellar 1.50 ERA. Pittsburgh needs to take both the remaining games against the Cardinals and hope for St. Louis to struggle against the lowly Atlanta Braves to claim to AL Central crown.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Those going with the Pittsburgh Pirates in this one found them listed on the odds board as moneyline underdogs of 103 at BetOnline for Tuesday’s contest. The betting total was hovering near 7.5 at Bodog.
Odds – VSB computer score prediction models pick a possible 4.8-4.2 win for the Pirates on Tuesday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Pittsburgh Pirates bring a 95-62 record to the battle against the 99-58 Cardinals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs St. Louis injuries news.
The Pittsburgh Pirates sit at No. 8 in the current MLB power poll here at Odds – VSB
, while the St. Louis Cardinals sit at No. 16 on the same chart.
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Pittsburgh Pirates No. 14-ranked scoring average of 4.31 runs per game, against a St. Louis Cardinals offense rated No. 23 and scoring 4.04 runs per game. The Pirates have averaged 9.09 hits per game to date this season, more than the Cardinals hitters have managed (8.62 per nine innings).
St. Louis brings the No. 1-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Pirates’s No. 2-ranked defense.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Cardinals didn’t allow a single run in their last start, as their staff shut out Pittsburgh 3-0 on Monday at PNC Park.
- St. Louis is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
- St. Louis is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 6 games on the road
- St. Louis is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
- Pittsburgh is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games
- Pittsburgh is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games at home
- Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
St. Louis at Pittsburgh, Wednesday, September 30th