Game of the Day: Pirates at Cardinals Rumble

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Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals
(-117,
8)

The St. Louis Cardinals look to complete a sweep when they host
the Pittsburgh Pirates in the finale of their four-game series
on Thursday. St. Louis opened the set with a pair of walk-off
victories before posting a 5-2 triumph on Wednesday. Matt Adams
collected three hits and two RBIs while Kolten Wong added a
solo homer a day after belting the winning blast in the ninth
inning.

The news was not all good for the Cardinals as All-Star catcher
Yadier Molina suffered a sprained right thumb while sliding
into third base in the second inning and exited the game in the
following frame. Neil Walker recorded two of his team’s six
hits, including a solo homer as Pittsburgh suffered its fourth
straight road loss. The Pirates, who are 2-for-25 with runners
in scoring position over the first three games of the series,
are 5-7 overall against the Cardinals this season and 1-5 in
St. Louis.

TV: 7:15 p.m. ET, ROOT (Pittsburgh), FSN
Midwest (St. Louis)

LINE HISTORY: The Cardinals opened as -122
faves and now sit -117. The total has held at the opening
number of 8.

COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Pirates (-158),
Cardinals (-174)

INJURY REPORT:
Cardinals: C Yadier Molina
(Questionable, thumb)

WHAT BOOKS SAY:
“Central Division rivals take the
field today in St. Louis as the Cardinals host the Pirates.
Both teams are battling to get into the wild card race and
catch the Brewers for the Central Division lead. The Cardinals
send Shelby Miller to the mound to try and complete the
four-game sweep of the Pirates. Shelby is 0-2 with a ERA of
7.32 in his last 4 starts. With all-star catcher Yadier Molina
questionable tonight the Cardinals are a -120 favorite, while
we are dealing even odds on the Pirates on the money line and
they are seeing 58 percent of the action. On the 1.5 run line
all the action is on the Cardinals to cover the spread. The 8
run total is seeing 76 percent of the action on the over, as
the last two games have combined for 16 runs.” Michael Stewart,
CarbonSports.ag.

WAG WAR: Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen’s fiance
Maria Hanslovan and Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter’s wife
Mackenzie.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Edinson Volquez
(7-6, 3.88 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH Shelby Miller (7-7, 4.15)

Volquez posted his third straight victory on Saturday, limiting
Philadelphia to one run and four hits over seven innings. The
31-year-old Dominican has allowed a total of two runs in 21
frames during his winning streak and has held the opposition to
fewer than two runs in four of his last five outings. Volquez
has not fared well against St. Louis, going 3-6 with a 5.58 ERA
in 13 career starts.

Miller escaped with a no-decision against Miami on Saturday,
when his winless streak reached five starts after yielding
three runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. The 23-year-old is
1-5 over his last nine outings, with the victory being a
shutout at Toronto on June 7. Miller lost his first five career
starts against the Pirates before posting victories at home on
April 25 and in Pittsburgh on May 11.

TWEET BEAT:



TRENDS:

* Pirates are 0-4 in the last four meetings.
* Cardinals are 5-0 in their last five vs. National League
Central.
* Cardinals are 1-4 in Miller’s last five home starts.
* Over is 18-7-3 in the last 28 meetings in St. Louis.

COVERS CONSENSUS: 56.42 percent of wagers on
Covers Consensus are on the Cardinals.

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