St Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates 8/26/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 8/25/2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
PNC Park in Pittsburgh
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Tuesday night, the St. Louis Cardinals will give the ball to Lance Lynn (14 – 8, 2.78 ERA) as they square off against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Gerritt Cole (7 – 4, 3.69 ERA). Lynn makes his 27th start as Cole makes his 16th.
In his last time out, Lance Lynn notched his 3rd straight victory. In 7 scoreless innings of work, Lynn surrendered just 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5. The big right-hander has pitched well all season but he hasn’t always received the best run support. In his last 10 starts, Lynn has allowed 2 or fewer runs 8 times en route to a 6 - 3 record. Last season, Lynn posted a record of 15 – 10 with a 3.97 ERA in 33 starts.
In 2013, Lynn was 2 – 1 with a 5.60 ERA in 5 starts against the Pirates. This season, he is 1 - 1 in 2 outings against Pittsburgh.
Gerritt Cole was solid in his last outing but still didn’t receive the decision. Cole allowed just 2 runs and 5 hits in 7 innings of work. He walked 4 and struck out 6. Although Cole has missed time this season due to injuries, he has managed to string together some decent starts. In his last 10 starts, he is 5 – 2. In 2013, Cole went 10 – 7, with a 3.22 ERA in 19 starts.
During his rookie campaign last season, Cole didn’t face the Cardinals. But he has 2 starts against St. Louis this season and will bring a 1 – 1 record against the Cards into this meeting.
St Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
St Louis Cardinals are 59-64-6 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for St Louis Cardinals is -0.1
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Pirates are 62-60-8 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Pittsburgh Pirates is 0.1
Injuries to Watch
St Louis Cardinals
08/19/14 2B Mark Ellis Oblique 15-day DL (8/15)
08/08/14 P Jason Motte Back 15-day DL (8/1)
07/10/14 C Yadier Molina Thumb 15-day DL (7/9)
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)
08/18/14 P Charlie Morton Hernia 15-day DL (8/16)
08/16/14 P Stolmy Pimentel Ankle 15-day DL (8/14)
07/06/14 SS Clint Barmes Groin 15-day DL (6/30)
Tony's Pick: Take St. Louis
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