Pittsburgh Pirates at St Louis Cardinals 9/1/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 8/31/2014
Monday, September 01, 2014
Busch Stadium in St. Louis
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Monday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Pirates will give the ball to Gerrit Cole (7 – 4, 3.65 ERA) as they face the St. Louis Cardinals and Lance Lynn (14 – 8, 2.79 ERA). Cole makes his 17th start as Lynn makes his 28th.
Gerrit Cole pitched to his 2nd straight no-decision in his last start. In 6 innings of work, Cole allowed 2 runs and 3 hits while walking a batter and striking out 9. Cole didn’t show any signs of the shoulder fatigue that hit him earlier in the season as he threw 108 pitches. In his last 10 starts, Cole has a respectable 4 -2 record considering his time on the disabled list. In his rookie season in 2013, Cole went 10 – 7 with a 3.22 ERA in 19 starts.
Last season, Cole didn’t face the Cardinals but he has seen a lot of them this season. He is 1 - 1 in 3 starts against St. Louis this season.
Lance Lynn was solid his last time out but didn’t record the decision. Lynn allowed 2 runs and 6 hits (including a homer) in 6 innings. He walked 3 while striking out 3. Lynn has been extremely sharp in recent weeks and has allowed 2 or fewer runs in 9 of his last 10 outings. He is 6 - 2 in those 10 trips to the hill. In 2013, Lynn posted a record of 15 – 10 with an ERA of 3.97 in 33 starts.
Last season, Lynn was 2 – 1 with a 5.60 ERA in 5 starts against the Pirates. He just made the start against Pittsburgh and is 1 - 1 in 3 starts this season against the Pirates.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Pirates are 62-63-8 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Pittsburgh Pirates is 0.1
St Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
St Louis Cardinals are 59-67-6 against the Over/Under
Run differential for St Louis Cardinals is -0.1
Injuries to Watch
08/27/14 3B Pedro Alvarez Foot questionable
08/27/14 RF Travis Snider Hamstring questionable
08/18/14 P Charlie Morton Hernia 15-day DL (8/16)
08/16/14 P Stolmy Pimentel Ankle 15-day DL (8/14)
St Louis Cardinals
08/26/14 RF Shane Robinson Shoulder 15-day DL (8/25)
08/19/14 2B Mark Ellis Oblique 15-day DL (8/15)
08/08/14 P Jason Motte Back 15-day DL (8/1)
07/06/14 P Jaime Garcia Shoulder 60-day DL (6/24), out for season
06/23/14 P Michael Wacha Shoulder 60-day DL (6/21)
05/13/14 P Tyler Lyons Shoulder 15-day DL (5/12)
Josh's Pick: Take Pittsburgh
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