St Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates 8/27/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 8/26/2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
PNC Park in Pittsburgh
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Wednesday afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals will take the field behind Adam Wainwright (15 -8, 2.52 ERA) as they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates and Jeff Locke (5 – 3, 3.69 ERA). Wainwright makes his 27th start as Locke makes his 16th start.
Adam Wainwright took the loss in his last outing after allowing 5 runs and 6 hits in 6 innings. He walked 3 and struck out 2. Wainwright stayed true to form with the loss as he has alternated wins with losses in his last 8 outings. In his last 10 starts, he is 5 – 4. Last season, Wainwright started 34 games and finished the year with a 19 – 9 record and an ERA of 2.94.
In 2013, Wainwright was 1 – 0 with a 3.00 ERA in 3 starts against the Pirates. He is 1 – 1 in 3 starts against Pittsburgh this season.
Jeff Locke had a shaky start his last time out but he still managed to notch the victory. In 6 innings of work, Locke gave up 2 runs and 2 hits (including a homer). But he didn’t strike out a single batter and he walked 6. Rarely does a pitcher walk 6 batters and come away with a win. Locke is 3 – 0 in his last 4 starts but just 4 - 2 in his last 10. In 2013, Locke posted a record of 10 - 7 with a 3.52 ERA in 30 starts.
Last season, Locke was 1 – 1 with a 3.38 ERA in 3 starts against the Cardinals. St. Louis is batting .275 against Locke with 11 hits and 6 RBIs in 40 at-bats.
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 Pittsburgh
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